Deepak Chahar must have regretted his decision to not follow MS Dhoni’s advice in their game against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday, which ended in their loss on the last ball.
While defending a target of 219, Mumbai opener, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock had put up 15 runs in the first couple of overs. Despite the pitch being an absolute batting paradise, there was little help for the seamers at the start of each innings.
Chahar, a prominent new ball bowler, was getting ready to deliver his second over, the 3rd of the innings, when MS Dhoni suggested keeping two slips for the striker Rohit Sharma. However, Chahar, considering the no significant movement available, denied the skipper for a second slip.
The first ball of the over he bowled an outswinger, which nipped a little away – Rohit swung hard, in the pressure of a massive target, looking to loft over mid-off. But the ball took the outside edge and flew past the first slip, where Faf du Plessis was stationed and could have been a straight catch had there been an additional slip.
Chahar immediately had his hands covering his face, not only cursing his luck that the ball didn’t go to Faf, but moreover, regretting MS Dhoni’s plea for a second slip.
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The bowlers would execute better and learn from this: MS Dhoni
Chahar didn’t pick a single wicket in the game. But he would consider himself fortunate for conceding 37 runs in his 4 overs, while his teammates Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur had to bore the brunt of the brute force of Kieron Pollard and were hammered for 62 and 56 runs respectively.
MS Dhoni after the game expressed his sympathies with the bowlers, and said that he can’t be too tough on them, but lamented the dropped catches – while Ruturaj Gaikwad and Thakur dropped difficult catches, it was du Plessis spill of Kieron Pollard which cost CSK the game.
Nonetheless, it was only CSK’s second loss this season, breaking their 5-match winning streak, and they are still the table leaders. MS Dhoni hopes the bowlers learn from their mistakes before they take the field against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
“It was a brilliant wicket. The difference was the execution. Not being too tough on bowlers, we dropped catches at crucial intervals. The bowlers would execute better and learn from this.
‘If you look how it went. we were very off target when it came to execution. It is important to do that. The wicket was easy to hit,” MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
“In a tournament like this, you will win and lose a few close games. When you are under the pump, you learn a lot. Irrespective where we are in the points table, we take one game at a time. We hardly ever focus where we are standing on the table. That has been our good point along the way,” he added.