Chennai, May 19: After the loss to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team are still hopeful of making it to the play-offs but have to rely on other results.
"We have to sit back and a number of results have to go our way. While we are always hopeful, we have to be realistic that we have got ourselves into a position where we are reliant on a lot of things," Fleming was quoted as saying in TOI.
Fleming rued that his side lost the chance of winning a few close games, "We had an opportunity to win a couple of games that we didn't, and that's hurt us in the long run. It has been an excellent competition. We are into the last couple of rounds and semifinalists haven't been decided yet. It's a testament to how much all teams have improved," said Chennai coach Fleming, whose side are fourth in the points table with 17 points.
Fleming said even though they were consistent in team selection, they lacked intensity of the previous two seasons. The former Kiwis skipper also admitted that batsmen play a key role in this format.
"We didn't get collective run flow. Faf du Plessis was excellent, but didn't get big scores. Teams are dependent on contributions from the top three or four batsmen. Unless you have 2 or 3 players in good form, you are going to end up with par scores rather than match-winning scores. We struggled, apart from the 200 against Bangalore. It's not all over and, hopefully, our players can get a chance in the playoff if a few results still go our way. We are hoping against hope," he said.
Fleming pointed out several reasons for the team's failure this season, "Last two seasons, we had big scores to support the bowlers. But when the batsmen struggle then it becomes difficult for the team to live up to expectation. We were expecting our top order to come good in the playoffs. But if we do not reach that stage we would have disappointed our fans in a big way."
The two-time champions coach was disappointed with his team's overall performance this season. "We did not play as a team and will be hugely disappointed if we don't get a chance to complete a hat trick of titles," Fleming said.