We're coming a distant second, need to find some rhythm: Stephen Fleming

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10 Apr 2022 | 04:14 AM
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We're coming a distant second, need to find some rhythm: Stephen Fleming

CSK succumbed to their fourth successive loss of IPL 2022 after an eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of SRH

Following a fourth straight loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach reckons his side are falling behind in every facet of the game and as a result finishing a distant second.

CSK succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday (April 9) to further add to their woes. "Probably each facet [of the game] is a concern, if not at one stage then altogether," Fleming said in the post-match press conference. 

"We were well outplayed today. We're sort of learning. We've got some issues around player availability, and in some areas a little bit underpowered, that we're just looking for players to step up. 

"So we've got some learning to do still around our players and our squad. And we haven't had any evidence that sort of helps the belief. We are not winning any games. 

"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 and try to find some rhythm and get back in the tournament."

CSK are without their most expensive buy in the IPL 2022 auction - Deepak Chahar - as he is yet to recover fully from a quadricep tear he suffered during the third T20 International (T20I) against West Indies.

Added to that, CSK have also been without Adam Milne after he picked up a niggle against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their opening game of the campaign.

"Deepak is a loss but if I could summarise, it's probably batting, bowling and a little bit of fielding - it's pretty much everything," Fleming said when asked to zero in on the CSK are lacking in.

"But it's just pressure, we're just not getting ourselves in positions to pressurise the opposition and we're just coming a distant second. 

"It takes one or two good performances and then you get a bit of belief and a bit of evidence that you're an okay side and away you go. But at the moment, we look a long way away from that."

CSK take on the high-flying Royal CHallengers Bangalore (RCB) next on Tuesday (April 12) at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

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