MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: IPL)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni cut a sorry figure after their loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday. Dhoni blamed the poor batsmanship for the 13-run loss which all but guarantees that CSK cannot qualify for the playoffs.

The defending champions won the toss and opted to bowl first. They managed to restrict RCB to 173/8 in 20 overs with Maheesh Theekshana taking three wickets. However, wickets at regular intervals meant their run-chase never took off and they fell short in the end.

We did well to restrict them to 170 runs. What really let us down was the batsmanship. I feel especially when we are chasing, you know what’s required on the board and what the bowlers are doing.”

Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana (Image: Twitter)

At times you have to curb your instinct and try to see what the situation is demanding rather than just play your shot. If the batsmanship had been slightly better, maybe in the last few overs we wouldn’t have needed many runs,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“We need to keep looking at what went wrong” – MS Dhoni

The loss is CSK’s 7th of the season and they remain in 9th place on the points table. Their campaign is virtually over but Dhoni insisted there is a lot of room for improvement in the remainder of the season and they will have to assess the mistakes they have made.

We got off to a good start, we had wickets in hand and the wicket kept getting better. It’s just that we kept losing wickets at regular intervals. If you take care of those things, chasing is more about calculation and batting first is more about instinct.”

CSK. PHoto-IPL
CSK. PHoto-IPL

As a batter in the middle, you have to decide on those things. We need to keep looking at what went wrong. It’s easy to get distracted by how many points you have. It’s the process that matters more than where you are positioned in the points table. If you take care of those things, then the points table will take care of itself,” Dhoni added.

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