Fleming believes in sticking to same playing XI

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Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 16:17 [IST]
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Retaining players build unity: Fleming

Chennai, Apr 14: Chennai Super Kings coach believes in not making changes to his side, which has led to the success of back-to-back Indian Premier League titles.

Super Kings have followed a policy of playing the same XI, which according to Fleming is the reason for their success in the IPL so far.

"We have been like that all the four seasons, we have opted to go with the same playing XI on most occasions," Fleming told Mid Day on Friday, on the eve of their game against Pune Warriors India.

Fleming believes in retaining the same side which in turn develops the unity in the team. "We really value what it (not making changes) brings to the side, it helps the team unity as well. In T20 format, players are asked to do so many different roles, it's pretty hard to judge a player’s form. If you look at a player’s form in a traditional way, you won’t get the same answers.

The former New Zealand captain said players will be under pressure to perform, if not will be replaced, "We give players some time to catch up, and find form. We take a more conservative view, and try to make as a few changes as possible. That does not mean that players are not under pressure to perform, and if someone is not delivering as per the expectations, then changes will be made," Fleming said.

CSK focus on giving maximum opportunities to local players R Ashwin, Murali Vijay and S Badrinath. "It doesn't happen with all the teams. At CSK, we value the team loyalty a lot. We try to give the Tamil Nadu players a lot of opportunities. I think, they have a very good system in place, and there is a lot of talent there. We just try and take some of that, and channelise it to the IPL level," Fleming said.

Chennai Super Kings take on Pune Warriors today at the Subrata Roy Sahara cricket stadium.


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