MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings sunk to a new low on Friday as the yellow army crashed to a ten-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah. Chennai Super Kings lost five wickets in the powerplay following which MS Dhoni could make only 16 in as many deliveries. Following the ten-wicket defeat, the skipper has talked about giving more opportunities to the youngsters in the remaining fixtures.
After electing to bat first, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah combined to remove the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadeesan, and Ravindra Jadeja. Sam Curran tried to revive CSK’s innings; however, they kept losing wickets at regular wickets. With the help of the Englishman’s 52, they were able to avoid several unwanted records and post 115 for the Mumbai Indians.
However, the inclusion of Imran Tahir for Shane Watson made no difference for the Chennai Super Kings as Quinton De Kock and Ishan Kishan ran riot and destroyed the bowling attack. Chennai’s bowlers did have half chances; however, luck was with them and coasted to a comfortable victory. It effectively pushed CSK out of IPL 2020 and took Mumbai to the top of the table.
“What you need to see is what are the things that are going wrong” : MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni underlined that it does hurt and stated that it has not been their year by any stretch of the imagination. The 39-year old lamented all the injuries that happened earlier in the tournament and how they have found themselves on the wrong side of luck. MS Dhoni bemoaned the batting failures that have repeatedly been occurring. At the same time, MS Dhoni lauded the players’ spirit for taking the loss on their chin and coming back to try time and again to do the right thing. The keeper-batsman concluded by stating that a few more youngsters, who are warming the bench will get opportunities in the final three matches.
“It does hurt. What you need to see is what are the things that are going wrong. Specially this year, it hasn’t been our year. Whether you lose by 8 or 10 wickets, it hardly matters, but where we are at this stage of the tournament, it does hurt. What you need to see is where we actually went wrong, right from the second game. It was more about the bowling. Rayudu got injured, the other batsman were maybe not there 200% and in cricket when you’re going through a tough phase, you need a bit of luck. The games we wanted to bat first, we haven’t won the toss, and there’s no dew and all of a sudden when we bat first there’s dew. Whenever you’re not doing well, there can be a 100 reasons, but one of the main things you ask yourself is whether you’ve played to the potential you’ve got no matter the conditions. When you put a good team on paper, have we done enough to back up the stats?
And this year we haven’t. Cumulatively there have been batting failures. It’s part and parcel, you can’t always think the result will go your way. You try to do the toughest thing, even when you’re hurting, you try to smile and take it on the chin. I feel the boys have done that, they’ve tried to perform. I think it’s important for us to have a clear picture of next year. There are lots of ifs and buts – auction, where the venues will be. The coming three games will be an ideal opportunity to give platforms. See some of the youngsters in preparation for the next year, see who will bat and who bowls at the death and soaks the pressure. A few more who are on the bench will get games in the coming three games,” MS Dhoni told in the post-match presentation.