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IPL Staff in Chennai 18 April 2012 - 11:19pm IST

Determined to win against PWI: Fleming

CSK coach says his team can bounce back despite slow start

The Chennai Super Kings have not begun IPL 2012 the way defending champions are expected to. They have managed to win only two out of the five matches they have played so far. The team that was known to be invincible at home in the previous seasons is now struggling to come to terms with the newly-laid track at the Chepauk.

However, ahead of their all-important home game against the Pune Warriors India, CSK coach Stephen Fleming expressed confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back. Here are snippets from his interaction with the media.

On CSK’s slow start in IPL 2012

It’s a case of just getting back into the rhythms of the team. A lot of these players play International cricket and we work hard on getting back together, but we do take time to become consistent. There is no rhyme or reason. We work very hard when we get together. We have good memories to come back to. It’s just confidence and getting across the line. To be honest, we have been below par to
start the tournament. We would like to slowly come back. It doesn’t happen by accident to turnaround. The beauty of this tournament is [that] it’s really close. No one’s really grabbed the bull by the horns just yet and grabbed the lead. We take heart from that, and trust me, we are very determined to win tomorrow and [will] try and string two or three [wins] together.

On Murali Vijay’s poor form and possibilities of a replacement

There are [such] possibilities when players aren’t doing as well as we they would like to. We like to be consistent with our selections. But certainly when a player doesn’t find the form he likes, it certainly comes up for discussion.

On MS Dhoni’s hamstring injury

I think it’s fine. We expect him to play a full part in tomorrow’s game.

On his challenges as a coach

There are performances a coach can’t control but you can share ups and downs and ride it with the fielders. I take a lot of personal pride in being a past player that can show some sympathy for what the players are going through. I guess that’s part of my coaching style. I breathe every ball, and right now, we are breathing pretty hard.

On home field advantage and adjusting to the new Chepauk wicket


I thought we rectified it quite well chasing 200 in the last game. That wicket was a lot different than in the first game. That learning hasn’t stopped. I think we are playing on the same track tomorrow. We have got a bit more knowledge than when we started out.

On R Ashwin’s role

It’s interesting. We love him taking wickets, but unfortunately, at the other end we are going for too many runs. We need one of the fast bowlers to apply some pressure and Ashwin can get back
to taking wickets. At the moment, we are using him to check the run-rate and that’s not making the most use of his talent.

On Abhinav Mukund’s fitness

He’s coming back. He’s having a few balls and he’s pretty much close to 100 percent. So he comes back into the selection discussion. He shares a spot with a number of good cricketers […] Srikkanth [Anirudha] is there as well […] [and Wriddhiman] Saha. It’s about balancing our resources.

On the fatigue factor

It’s always been a good challenge of the IPL that you don’t get the luxury to recover. It’s one of the beautiful quirks of the tournament. It’s tough on the players, but every team goes through it. I think Pune [Warriors India] is in the middle of it. They had a tough game last night; [it will be a] tough game with us. So if they have a little bit of fatigue, hopefully we can expose it.

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