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Very disappointed not to play in Chennai: Stephen Fleming

Fleming said the team has been left devastated by the IPL authorities' decision to shift the former champions' home games to Ranchi.

Press Trust of India |May 11, 2014, 11:52 AM IST
Very disappointed not to play in Chennai: Stephen Fleming

Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings' chief coach Stephen Fleming said the team has been left devastated by the IPL authorities' decision to shift the former champions' home games to Ranchi from their citadel -- the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

Chennai's matches were shifted after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association failed to get the requisite NOCs to host the matches on May 18 and 22.

"We are very disappointed not to play in Chennai. I say this on behalf of the team, announce our disappointment that we can't go back. We enjoy amazing support all around India and around the world. But we were looking forward to giving back to the Chepauk (crowd). We were devastated as we were really looking forward to those games," Fleming said after last night's match against Mumbai Indians.

"Though Ranchi has been home away from home and we have played there beautifully, there was an element of returning back to the Chennai faithful. We won't be able to do that this year. We will carry that with us and hopefully put up a couple of good performances at Ranchi and move on. But as I said the team is sad not to be going back to our fan base," he added.

Fleming described the team's stupendous four-wicket victory over Mumbai as a "blue collar day" for the hard work it required to breach the home team's fortress in the Indian Premier League.

"It was a really blue collar day. We had to really work hard with the ball and with the bat. We knew it was round about a par score. We kept the momentum going, did not get bogged down. I prefer both sides' performances rather than an easy one if we are lucky," said Fleming after the two-time former champions stormed home in a thrilling finish in the last over bowled by Kieron Pollard.

Needing 11 in the last over to overtake MI's 157 for 6, Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a couple of runs, then hit West Indian Pollard for a six over mid-wicket and a boundary to pull his side past the finish line in a thrilling finale.

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