Chennai: Having crashed to a humiliating eight-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said they were done in by the lack of knowledge about the new home wicket at the M Chidambaram Stadium here.
"It is little bit different. We are used to winning games and knowing the conditions we were playing on. We, like Mumbai, were little bit unsure how the pitch was going to play. And that took away the element of home advantage we have enjoyed for some time. That is not an excuse, it is a fact," he said in the post-match press conference.
However, the former Kiwi skipper said that his side had gained more knowledge of the wicket and would be looking to adjust their game plan. "We're watching and learning as much as we could. But obviously the result showed we didn't learn quickly enough.
"One of the positives that has come out today is we have got more knowledge going forward. That may have a bearing on our team selection and also the way we plan," he explained. Fleming also said that the team was working on getting the right combination for the conditions here and would go back to the drawing board and emerge unbeatable at home as they were in the past two seasons.
"This pitch has different character than what we had seen. We have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a style. So we are under pressure at home to find a style that makes us the tough team to beat again. And we will do it. It is very important to win your home games."