CSK has to ‘work extra hard’ for home advantage, admits Fleming

The team’s head coach outlined the challenge posed by the shifting of the team’s home base.

Stephen Fleming... “Another 10 runs would have been nice for us.”   -  Sportzpics/IPL

Chennai Super Kings is learning to adapt to the conditions presented by its new ‘home’ ground here, admitted head coach Stephen Fleming after its eight-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians on Saturday.

Fleming outlined the challenge posed by the shifting of the team’s home base. He said, “We are going to be careful that we don’t get carried away by the loss. The biggest thing for us is to get to know the pitch here, it is not Chennai. We picked the side which was going to be Chennai-based so we are learning as much as anyone.”

He added, “We have to work extra hard to get home advantage. We have learnt a little bit again [on Saturday] and we have only got a day to make sure we try and get the right combination.”

10-15 runs short

Fleming conceded his team was 10-15 runs short of posting a winning total. He said, “We were in the fight. [But] we were probably 10 runs, may be 15 runs short with the bat. But we hung in pretty well and created opportunities. A score of 190 was a possibility, so for them [Mumbai Indians] to bowl well and drag us back to 170 was good cricket. Another 10 [runs] would have been nice for us.”

Looking back at Mumbai Indians’ chase, Fleming said, “[Rohit] responded well in the 19th over and you are not going to win every game in the [Indian Premier League]. It was a good game.”

Deepak Chahar, who suffered a hamstring injury in the contest, would be out for a couple of weeks, confirmed Fleming. “[Chahar] has had hamstring injuries in the past so he has a good idea when he is in trouble. He will probably take a couple of weeks, which is a bit of blow to us,” he said.