Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, Kolkata May 25, 2013

'More pressure on the side' - Fleming

ESPNcricinfo staff

Just like the administrators, big India players stayed away from making any contact with the media. On the eve of the IPL final, both sides sent out their coaches, and Michael Hussey, to address the delegation, a task traditionally handled by the teams' captains. Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach, was quite frank in admitting the side was under extra pressure with the controversy engulfing the IPL.

This press conference was a day after Super Kings' former team principal, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested by the Mumbai Police for investigations into alleged betting. Fleming started by reading a prepared statement, insisting the players were not aware of any wrongdoings, and were playing to the best of their ability.

"The players and support staff are distressed by the allegations and news reports against the CSK franchise, the IPL and Indian cricket," Fleming read out. "We have played every match to the best of our ability, and we are very proud of our record of having appeared in the playoff stage of all six seasons of the IPL.

"The players and support staff have no knowledge of either the betting, or the separate spot-fixing allegations. As difficult as it is, all our focus is on appearing in the final tomorrow."

Fleming didn't deny the existence of the crisis. "It is a great record so far but we are up against a very good side in Mumbai," Fleming said. "We have had some great battles against them this year.

"I guess one of the other issues is what was involved in the statement. That puts more pressure on the side, but we welcome that. Chennai are a side that has risen through a lot of challenges. We are very proud to have come this far. We are very much looking forward to a big final."

Hussey, the leading run-getter this IPL season, was asked what role he played as a senior player in this situation. "We are just trying to focus on the game," he said. "There is a lot of stuff going on in the periphery, and there can be distractions, but from a player's point of view it is important we focus on our game and come out and give our best performance. If we can do that, we give ourselves a good chance to win.

"The boys will be very excited to get on the ground tomorrow and put all the controversies behind us. I think it is going to be a fantastic match. It is a fitting finale for a great tournament."

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  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    when a winning team looses all of a sudden...... isn't there a chance of betting..... even to pune warriors.............

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Go.,go for the trophy CSK. You are the champions. Dont think about the hullaballoo. Concentrate on the game. MSD,Hussey,Raina, Jadeja, Vijay,Ashwin and everyone of you in the teamis a super player. All the very best from the millions watching the game.

  • vas on May 26, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Kolkatta pitch looks good for batting. If todays pitch is the same pitch as the qualifier 2, it will be a high scoring match, no advantage to any team. Two best teams. Expecting a thriller. Go CSK. Play like lions as always and win the trophy for the third time.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    we are with you CSK amid all these controversies hovering around ...hope you can add one more feather on your cap today and silence the critics and crap revolving around csk team...i am with you MSD and his boys..

  • Hello on May 26, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    CSK is gonna win Huss will guide us early on Raina and MSD will go for the big shots and then my faith is with the bowlers that they will defend our score or limit MI to a manageable total.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Extremely well said Princepurple1979. There is no captain like MSD in Indian Cricket who has taken so many / much Responsibilities on their shoulders. MSD is always there to bring his team out in crunch situations. He will do it today as well. All the CSK Fans' best wishes will take them thru to the IPL 2013 Trophy. What a team CSK you are and What a captain, MSD you are.. the most humble team ever. MSD May God bless you with more and more accolades. I being a Chennaite, I support CSK only for MSD and which ever team he plays in future my support for that team ! The team he leads will always come to the top however poor they are at the start !

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I just want to watch good cricket. I support both MI & CSK as they have my favorites Sachin and MSD.

  • Raffik on May 26, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Nothing can stop CSK from lifting the trophy. If any one trying to demoralize the CSK players that's not going to happen.

    If CSK lose the match, it will give a chance to everyone to criticize the previous victories.CSK must win this match to shut all the mouths.

    Go.! Go..!! Go...!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    MI is better. But CSK is best. Go CSK GO............!!!!!!!!!

  • Kanagarajan on May 26, 2013, 7:26 GMT


    Fixing can not be done without involvement of Players.. And they ll get money and loose..

    Betting can be done from anyone even who dont know what is cricket also can do betting of it, without knowledge of Players..

    Betting is done from one of cheif official from CSK , and he is suspended by BCCI now..

    A winning Team could not have made Fixing.. and thats CSK..!!

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