No need to press the panic button, says CSK coach Fleming

Chennai coach Stephen Fleming said that the team management has not yet pressed the panic button, and is focusing only on next match on Wednesday Getty Images

Chennai: Sep 27, 2011

Despite their hopes of advancing to the semifinals hanging in balance after the loss to Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings’ coach Stephen Fleming said his team will not face any extra pressure when they take on Cape Cobras in a Champions League T20 on Wednesday.

Fleming admitted that the defending champions, in any case, put themselves under pressure so that they can bring out the competitive spirit in themselves.

“We are always under pressure. We were under pressure in the first game. Nothing has changed. I don’t know how many wins we need (to go through to the semifinals), whether it is two with a better run rate or it’s three, we are always under pressure,” said Fleming at a media conference on the eve of their match against the Cobras.

“We put ourselves under pressure as well because we want to win, especially at home. And we want to keep winning competitions, so we don’t look to have easy games and there are no easy games. There have been some incredible, sensational results in the last two or three games, so that’s where the competition is going to go,” he added.

Fleming said that the team management has not yet pressed the panic button and would decide on the final playing XI only after watching the first match between New South Wales and Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday.

“We haven’t gone back to the drawing board just because we have had one loss where one player hit 15 or 20. Up to that point, we had won about 95 per cent of the game. So we are not going to rush and change,” the New Zealander said.

“We have got a group of players that has won three competitions. But we’re very mindful and if there is a change to be made, we will make it tomorrow after we watch the first game. If you try to change and become something different, then you make mistakes. That’s not my style and I know that’s not the skipper’s (Dhoni) style,” he added.

Stating that there is no definite game plan to arrest the flow of runs from the bats of explosive Herschelle Gibbs and Richard Levy, Fleming said, “Herschelle Gibbs is one of the very good players of the shorter form of the game and we saw the other night, how destructive he can be. There will be subtle changes, not anything drastic,” he added.

Fleming also said that the team is confident of putting up a good show as they have had a lot of success on their home ground.

“We have got a couple of South African players in our squad, Albie Morkel and Faf du Plessis. We have used their resources, but you can’t get too tricky. This is our home ground where we have had a lot of success. Our success has been built on pretty good foundations.”

Asked how the pitch is expected to play, the former Kiwi skipper admitted that the conditions here remain a mystery.

“We can’t really get a straight answer because the curators themselves do not know how it will play. But if we are not sure, we will go with what we know and we have a pretty balanced side to cover most conditions,” he said.

Fleming did not agree that the older players should be discarded for the shortest version of the game as they bring in experience, which is especially required in tough and slow conditions.

“They bring in experience. (Michael) Hussey is still one of the top players in the world. I don’t agree that older players must be discarded,” said Fleming.(PTI)