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No problems with complacency: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings player Dwayne Bravo and Mumbai Indians Harbhajan Singh during a practice session for Champions League 2011 in Chennai on Monday.

Chennai Super Kings player Dwayne Bravo and Mumbai Indians Harbhajan Singh during a practice session for Champions League 2011 in Chennai on Monday.  

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has promised to go easy on the Indian players returning from the tour of England — the likes of captain M.S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina — saying he wouldn't put them through the dryer, at least in training.

“Maybe with such players (those returning from the England tour), we won't make them practice too long or make too many demands of them,” said Fleming, while interacting with the media, here on Monday.

CSK has had a lot of success in the IPL (two-time winner) and the Champions League (defending champion), but Fleming said the side hadn't won nearly enough to be complacent.

“I think we need a bit more success before that (complacency) happens. I don't think it's much of an issue. Maybe if we win a couple more (IPL titles), we'll get complacent, that'll be a nice problem to have,” he said.

Fatigue is no excuse

Murali Vijay, who was last seen in action in the West Indies for the national side, ruled fatigue out as an excuse.

“We're professionals, so we can't really cite fatigue as an excuse (for not performing). We're going to a big tournament. We should play as a team and win this,” said the CSK opener. Doug Bollinger, one of the few pacemen to have held his own in the T20 format, said the key to keeping one's body together while still extracting top performance was to not try and bowl express pace, but to go with what the game demands instead. “It (bowling in the sub-continent) depends on how fit and strong you are and how you are going in the game. You might get some slow wickets here, some fast wickets as well; that's the nature of the beast. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to bowl a million miles an hour and just do your role,” said Bollinger.

R. Ashwin, who bowled well in tandem with Bollinger during CSK's title winning campaigns of 2010 and 2011, and played a part in the ODI leg of India's tour of England, said the experience helped him mature as a cricketer.

“I have bowled with the wet ball before and I have the hang of it. Some of the grounds are angular and short, and it is easy to get hit… you just cannot bowl length and expect to get wickets. It was a learning experience overall, and I think I have matured as a bowler and a batsman,” said the offie.

While talk revolved around fitness and fatigue, the scheduling and strategising, Dwayne Bravo, who is among the newer members of the CSK squad, appeared the least worried of the lot.

“You should check out ‘Dwayne Bravo and Beenie Man,' if you haven't heard it before. It also has Timeka Marshall in it, and now I am working on the Hindi remix,” confides Bravo.

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