Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming admits his team can’t afford to keep slipping up if they are to challenge for the 2011 IPL title.
Having seen his side fall eight runs short of victory in their clash against Mumbai on Friday, the New Zealander admits the pressure is on the defending champions.
“Yes, there is [pressure]. We want to be back in the final. We want to get into the Champions League and win,” he said.
“We have set standards over a period of three years. The situation we find ourselves in is not unfamiliar. We have to get back to winning ways to be a semi-finalist. It’s still a long way to go. We are certainly not pressing the panic buttons.”
It’s not only the results that aren’t going the right way for Chennai either, with their net run rate rapidly deteriorating, but Fleming insists that this is not of concern; the run rate will improve when the results do.
“We have won two home games, so if we win the rest of the home games, we are going to be close to the play-offs,” he explained.
“We have to keep winning matches and not worry about the run-rate. If you have one good week, you find yourself at the top of the table.
“The run-rate is more about the quality of your win and loss. If you win well the run-rate will go up, if you lose big, your run-rate suffers. First and foremost you must be in a position to win.”
Chennai’s next game is against newcomers Pune on Monday. Cricket365