IPL 2019: CSK players getting older but wiser too, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgIPL 2019: CSK players getting older but wiser too, says Stephen FlemingChennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team players are getting older but wiser as well as the defending champions have started with a bang winning all their matches so far.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 21:23 IST Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming is happy that the adage ‘Old is Gold’ fits his team aptly. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team players are getting older but wiser tooFleming said it is not tricky to go with a consistent side as the players know the roles they have been picked forFleming feels MS Dhoni has remained pretty much the same over the yearsCliched as it might sound, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming is happy that the adage ‘Old is Gold’ fits his team aptly.The defending champions have started with a bang winning all their matches so far and start favourites against the wobbly Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.”They have been around for a lot (of time) and know what to do and they can handle the start of the tournament quite well and it was a case with (Dwayne) Bravo here in Mumbai a year,” Fleming said at the pre-match presser.”Of course, the talk (is) about the team is getting older (but) from my point of view they are little bit wiser 12 months wiser,” Fleming told reporters here.Last year West Indian Bravo had played a match-winning against Mumbai Indians in their lung-opener after he turned the match on its head and the team later went on to win the IPL title.”One of the benefits of maintaining the same side with a little turn-over is that you can start the season little bit ahead of other teams, who have a big-turn-over (change) of players.”Continuity is an important aspect of squad building, said Fleming.”So we turned up with the very much the same team that played the final (last year) apart from one or two injuries. If you are changing only one player, roughly again, it doesn’t have a major impact.””Probably the most important (thing) is that it allows to get into the competition a little-bit quicker. The guys know the roles they have been picked for,” explained Fleming when asked how tricky is to go with a consistent side.advertisementThe former New Zealand skipper was content that experienced players were standing up and the team was winning key moments.”It’s been a good start, would not say that it was dominating performances, but good hard-fought wins. Last game (against Rajasthan Royals), I was pleased with a lot of things.””By no means, we are anywhere near where we want to be but we are just winning key moments with some experienced players standing up, which is a good sign,” Fleming noted.Their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has rolled back the years and has been in prime form. His match-winning unbeaten innings helped CSK to come out of ruble against Rajasthan Royals and they came out triumphant.Asked whether Dhoni has remained the same over the years, Fleming quipped,”He is pretty much. I thought the last innings he played was one of the good ones.””His composure and skills at the end of the innings help us win the game and have been a dominating factor between two teams. His presence is calm, his influence over the team has been consistent over the years,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: CSK are not 60 year-olds, we are all 32-35, says Dwayne BravoAlso Read | Watch: CSK players celebrate coach Stephen Fleming’s 46th birthday after beating RRFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Stephen FlemingFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

Christian bakers lose progay marriage cake discrimination ruling challenge

first_imgBiblical connotationsDistrict Judge Isobel Brownlie said religious beliefs could not dictate the law and ordered the firm to pay agreed damages of £500.An earlier appeal had been scheduled for February but proceedings were postponed to facilitate an intervention from Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin QC, who advises Stormont politicians on legal matters.In his submissions, Mr Larkin challenged the argument for “coerced expression” adding it was a “very great wrong” to make someone say something which conflicted with religious beliefs.Ashers, a name with Biblical connotations, has six branches, employs over 80 people and delivers across the UK and Ireland.Throughout the legal battle it has been supported by The Christian Institute, which has organised public rallies and garnered financial backing for the case. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the original case, District Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled that religious beliefs could not dictate the law and ordered the firm to pay damages of £500.Throughout the legal battle they have been supported by The Christian Institute, which has organised public rallies and garnered financial backing for the case.Mr Lee’s case was taken in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Equality Commission.The high-profile case was heard before three senior judges at Belfast’s Court of Appeal in May where it was claimed the outcome would have implications for freedom of expression across the UK.Meanwhile, a lawyer representing the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, which brought the civil suit on behalf of gay rights activist Gareth Lee, submitted that the firm had not been forced to do anything against its beliefs.Robin Allen QC told the court many businesses printed messages they did not associate with, and cited examples of posters made for election candidates.Owner Karen McArthur said as a born again Christian, she knew in her heart she could not make the cake but had taken the order to avoid a confrontation in the shop.Daniel McArthur, the company’s general manager, also told the court his family could not compromise their religious beliefs, despite the legal ramifications.center_img Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan have lost their appeal against the ruling.The owners of Belfast-based Ashers declined an order placed by gay activist Gareth Lee, claiming the message was inconsistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.Last year, they were found to have breached equality legislation following a high-profile court case in Belfast.The appeal was heard before three senior judges at Belfast’s Court of Appeal in May.Mr Lee, a member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, had wanted a cake featuring Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia.He paid the £36.50 cost in full at Ashers’ Belfast city centre branch but was telephoned two days later and told the company could not fulfil his order.He said there was clear evidence Ashers believed it would have been “sinful” to have done so.Sexuality ‘never an issue’Through the legal proceedings, Daniel McArthur, the company’s general manager, insisted Mr Lee’s sexuality was never an issue, rather the message he wanted the bakery to create.Mr Lee claimed the episode left him feeling like a lesser person.last_img read more