Chennai: Chennai Super Kings` coach Stephen Fleming was optimistic of his team`s chances ahead of their IPL match against Pune Warriors here tomorrow despite losing the services of South African all-rounder Albie Morkel, who has gone back home to attend the funeral of a close friend.
"We rectified our mistakes while chasing 200 in the last game against Royal Challengers. The track here is different to that of the first game we played on. We will certainly use the home advantage in our favour and hope the pitch behaves in the same way like in our match against the RCB," said Fleming at a pre-match press conference.
Morkel has gone home to attend the funeral of South African-born cricketer Rip Louis Vorster, who was shot dead at a fuel station in Namibia. The 45-year-old, who made 95 first-class appearances between 1985 and 2009, had most recently been playing and coaching for Namibia.
CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury during their last game against Pune and was seen limping but Fleming said he will play tomorrow.
"I think Dhoni is fine. He has been having treatment for the hamstring injury sustain in the last game. We expect him to play his full part tomorrow," he said.
Talking about opener Murali Vijay`s indifferent form, the New Zealander said, "The discussion will certainly revolve around players who have not been doing what they are expected to do. We would like a player to be consistent with his performance. The coach`s job is not easy one. It`s up to me to take Vijay to his usual form."
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been the fourth highest wicket-taker for Chennai in IPL from 2008 to 2012 with 36 wickets, hasn`t been very effective this year and Fleming said, "His role is interesting. We want him to take wickets but unfortunately he is not doing that. He is going for few big runs. What we need is one of the bowlers at the other end to apply some pressure and then Ashwin can get back to taking wickets."
"At the moment, we are going to use Ashwin as a stock bowler and we would love to see him getting back into wicket taking role," he said.
First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 22:17