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We were outplayed, laments Fleming

Lot to work on:  Head coach Stephen Fleming, right, and skipper Ravindra Jadeja will have to put on their thinking caps and inspire CSK out of its rut.

Lot to work on: Head coach Stephen Fleming, right, and skipper Ravindra Jadeja will have to put on their thinking caps and inspire CSK out of its rut. | Photo Credit: PTI

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming looked desolate after his side’s eight-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday saying the team has been found wanting in batting, bowling and fielding.

“Each facet is a concern if not at one stage then altogether. We were outplayed today,” said Fleming.

Player availability

“We have got some issues around player availability, and in some areas a little bit underpowered, that we are just looking for players to step up. So we have got some learning to do still around our players and our squad,” he said.

“We are not winning any games and not being close to winning any games, you get a bit of self-doubt, and the players get a little bit niggly”

The coach conceded that with four consecutive losses, the defending champion’s self-belief too has taken a hit.

“We are not winning any games and not being close to winning any games, you get a bit of self-doubt, and the players get a little bit niggly. So we just got to work through that pretty quickly, try to find some rhythm and get back in the tournament,” he stated.

The former New Zealand skipper also bemoaned the fact that the team has not been able to even compete strongly and was suffering big defeats.

Just pressure

“It is just pressure. We are just not getting ourselves in positions to pressurise the opposition and we are coming a distant second. It takes one or two good performances and then you get a bit of belief, a bit of evidence that you are an okay side and away you go. But at the moment, we look a long way away from that,” Fleming said.


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