Dhoni is not under pressure: CSK coach Fleming

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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:10 [IST]
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No pressure on Dhoni, says Fleming

New Delhi, Apr 11: Despite skipper MS Dhoni's poor form recently and their dismal performance in three matches in the IPL, coach Stephen Fleming said that Dhoni "not under any kind of pressure". The defending champions have managed to win only one match so far.

"He never seems to be under any kind of pressure. Obviously, he has pressure but that he has been living with for quite some time now," Fleming said on favour of his skipper who has only scored 22 runs in three matches.

"He has the desire to win like anybody else and it's known that he is talented. He is a key component in this set-up and everyone knows what happens when he performs," he added.

Fleming backed out-of-form opening batsman Murali Vijay and admired Faf du Plessis for his attacking approach towards the game.

"It's only three matches and we have a long way to go. It would be unfair on Vijay to drop him after just three bad games and also he was run-out today. Vijay has been an excellent IPL player."

"As far as Mike Hussey is concerned there can be only one such player. But Faf brings in a lot to the table. He is a fantastic attacking batsman and also a brilliant fielder. For us, he is a great attacking weapon. I feel it's too early to start doing synopsis."

The former Kiwi skipper admitted that four run-outs put extra pressure on his team and they struggled to get back into the match.

"The standard was set from the first ball. The more we tried to get out of the pressure, the more we got into it. We tried to break free but it got worse."


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