IPL 2018: Stephen Fleming disappointed for not making Chepauk CSKs fortress

Chennai Super Kings played only one game at the Chepauk against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming and skipper MS Dhoni during a practice session in Mohali. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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The Cauvery Water Dispute (CWD) has eventually ensured that the home matches of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been shifted from the Chepauk to the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. The protesters in the city went berserk and vowed to persist with their attempt to conducting their protests, provided the games take place in Chennai.

CSK have started the eleventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a stupendous note having won their opening game against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Meanwhile, Stephen Fleming, the coach of the franchise is utterly gutted over not getting games in Chennai purely because the composition of the team was picked as per the conditions at the Chepauk.

“We have to adjust”- Stephen Fleming

“We are very disappointed to leave Chennai. We sat in the auction to pick a team that was based on the conditions in Chennai, and therefore we are disappointed to get only one home game. Making our home venue a fortress for us was going to be a big part of our strategy this year. But we have to adjust. That’s part of the IPL. We just need to keep scrapping,” Fleming was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

CSK returned to the MA Chidambaram Stadium after serving their two-year suspension. They conjured roars from the audience and rightly so, bearing in mind the significant fan-base they have garnered as the tournament has progressed. Fleming also hailed the team for putting up a spirited show in the start of the league.

“I guess the positive is we’ve had two wins in two. They haven’t been great performances; but the lads have shown good character and most importantly they have been fighting wins, which sometimes at the start of the tournament is more valuable,” he added.

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