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'CSK under pressure to defend IPL title'

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Apr 03, 2012 at 05:25pm IST

Chennai: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be looking for a hat-trick of Indian Premier League (IPL) titles as they start their campaign against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday. However, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that his side would be under pressure to defend the title in the fifth edition of the tournament.

"This is going to be an interesting season for CSK because we have lot of pressure on us to defend the title. More so, as we have some injury concerns. There will be back-to-back matches in early April which we have to be wary of," he told reporters on Monday.

Ashwin, however, emphasized on peaking at the right time. "It is more of league phases and peaking at the right time. Last season we peaked at the right time. We will have to look to do the same."

CSK under pressure to defend IPL title: Ashwin

The offspinner said that his side would be under pressure to defend the title in the fifth season.

Admitting that Chennai Super Kings have good variety in spin with the likes of left-armer Shadab Jakati and new recruit Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin felt the onus will be on the batsmen. "In the longer format, a bowler can win the game. But in the shorter version, a bowler can only set up. The batsmen have to win the game. Even if the opponent gets 180 and if the batsmen get going, it would not be enough," he said.

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