Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Kotla April 11, 2012

'Pressure' cost Chennai two matches - Fleming

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has said he believes the pressure of expectation, which comes from winning two successive IPL titles, contributed to his team's defeats against Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.

Against Daredevils on Tuesday, Super Kings imploded for 110, with M Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and R Ashwin being run out - which Fleming also attributed to pressure.

The Super Kings' captain MS Dhoni scored 11, taking his aggregate to 22 runs in three matches, but he was backed by Fleming. "Yes he's under pressure but it's a pressure where he's thrived before and one that he lives with, day in and day out, playing for India, so it's nothing new.

"He has a desire to win, so he will feel pressure to perform like all other players do, and him more so because he's a very talented player and a key component of this side," Fleming said. "When he's playing well, nine times out of ten we win the matches."

Run-outs cost Super Kings dearly in both their losses, with three batsmen (Dhoni, Ashwin and Faf du Plessis) erring in the season opener against Mumbai Indians on April 4. "We panicked, we were trying to create runs that weren't there and we paid the price," Fleming said. "I don't want to make run-outs an issue, but it's mainly due to the pressure we're being put under."

However, Fleming said it's still early days in the tournament. "It's too early to give you big synopses of what is going wrong; it's two games we haven't played well, we want to rectify it."

"We are not an up-and-down side, we are usually consistent, but we've been beaten twice now and have been well off the mark. We just need to reassess how hard we're going with the bat and may be set our sights a little bit lower, and if we over achieve then we're in the game."

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  • Abhilash on April 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Please let Dhoni be...How can we forget a captain who has realsised all of Indian cricket fan's desire of a ICCT20 Win, ICC World Cup Win, Making India the No1 Test playing nation, winning one day series down under. I agree to many recent failures, but this is a game. Let Dhoni only wear the thinking cap and stop crticizing greats like Sachin and MSD.

    Love My Indian Cricket Team

  • Andrew on April 12, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @ RahulSNair: Totally agree with you. Dhoni is the last man in the Indian team who should be blamed for India's recent failures. From what I noticed, he and Virat Kohli have been the only batsmen in ODIs who have been consistent. Dhoni is the real reason why India even got to the No.1 rankings in the 1st place. Even though we have never had any good bowlers from India he has capitalised his resources perfectly as you say. If you look at the Indian team which included Dada and Kumble, you would still think that they dont deserve to be the No.1 team simply because they never had good bowlers. If any one should get criticism, its our infamous bowlers and bowling coach. The batsmen lose confidence when they see a difficult target on the board set up by the bowlers and succumb to the pressure.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Dhoni didn't win the world cup. The team won it. He was just lucky to have telent in the team and Gary as coach. Sonce Gary left the team is gone downhill becasue of his attiude and two whitewashes in tests, not able to qualify for CB series final and Asia Cup, not able to score a boundry in 3 matches. He is a looser and CSK and Indian team will be better off withoout him.

  • Rahul on April 12, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    What is with all the Dhoni criticism?! Dhoni deserves much more respect than this, and not only because he won the world cup. It's a fact that Dhoni inherited the team that Ganguly built but people fail to realize that 1) he capitalized on his resources perfectly and 2) was an integral part of the 'ideal team' that Ganguly built in the first place. To most in this country, a World Cup win is the absolute peak so it was natural for a lack of motivation to follow. It shouldn't have continued on for so long but it did, and everyone in the team is to blame for that. Dhoni is suddenly the worst man in the world? You guys should feel lucky that he doesn't take your advice and just quit because India would be nowhere without him. The same goes for Tendulkar - a little delay for that hundredth hundred and everyone wants him to retire. Fans need to respect players, or players will stop respecting fans. If an Indian player read the things you guys write, he wouldn't want to play anymore.

  • Dhanesh on April 12, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Its Indian Premier League. It is always good to have an Indian to captain the side. So teams like RCB, Punjab, DC, please have an Indian to manage the side on the field. Also I dont think any other team other than CSK has a rich talent of Indian players. Truly an Indian side in an Indian league

  • RAJ on April 12, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Hi Flemming, if dhoni cant handle pressure ask him to get out of the CSK as well indian team, no need to spoil cricket

  • RAJ on April 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Dhoni dont have any aggressiveness like ganguly used to have, It was just by mere luck that he was winning. Now he dont have any special talents to make CSK or Indian team to win. Soon he is going to be thrown out.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    I hope, this time CSK will not reach into semi finals and I think that Dhoni's magical era is now finished

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It was poor batting my CSK nothing else. I do not think Dhoni will get into any pressure because of fans expectations. DD bowled very well and batted well. Same CSk team was in firing mode when they played against Deccan chargers in vizag, what hit them in Delhi?? It is DD's all round performance. The problem which CSk is facing is that their openers are not clicking when they click then the middle order will automatically fire in the death overs. So, fleming must not shuffle the openers much.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    A poor performance from Richest Team. Dhoni, good captaincy is not to get an victory from a perfect team that convert a low profile team into aggressive & competetive one.Go and learn something from DADA who still remains a True Leader.DADA we miss U really.

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