Reacting on his team’s failure to cross the line for the third time in four matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni gave an honest review of his team’s performance so far during the post-match presentation ceremony on Friday. Dhoni, who appeared to be in a reflective mood after CSK’s third straight loss in IPL, said his team needed to get a lot of things right and step up their game in order to return to winning ways. Dhoni also accused CSK of repeating the same mistakes time and again. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updated Points Table After SRH vs DC Match 47 Dubai: Hyderabad Stay in Playoffs Race; KL rahul, Kagiso Rabada Retain Orange, Purple Cap Respectively
The 39-year-old also spoke about his own performance and said that he was trying too hard to hit every ball and was thus not able to middle it. Chasing 166 to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, CSK lost by seven runs with ‘captain cool’ Dhoni staying unbeaten on 47 off 36 balls. He went after the bowlers too late. Also Read - IPL 2020 Highlights SRH vs DC, Match 47, Dubai: Saha, Warner, Rashid Star as Hyderabad beat Delhi by 88 runs to Stay Alive in Playoffs Race
“I was not able to middle a lot of deliveries. Was trying to hit it too hard. When the wicket is slightly at the slower side, it is better to time it. Looking at outfield it was subconsciously coming to us to hit the ball hard,” Dhoni said after his side’s third defeat in four matches. Also Read - MI vs RCB Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 48 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST October 28 Wednesday
Asked about his struggle towards the end as he seemed to have lost steam in searing heat, Dhoni said,” I tried to get as much as time as possible. It is quite dry out here. So, the throat gets dry and you start to cough. When you have legal signs, you can take some time off.”
Dhoni made three changes to his playing XI but could not arrest the slide. He acknowledged they need to find solutions.
“Long time back once we lost three in a row. We need to get a lot of things right. It is the professionalism. We need to take our catches not bowl no-balls. Those are the controllables and may be we are getting too relaxed,” he said.
“We have been a bit too relaxed at times. After the 16th over, we had two good overs but overall we could have been slightly better.
“Nobody wants to drop catches but at the same at this level, we need to draw a line and say these catches that need to be taken especially when the team hasn’t been doing that outstandingly well,” he said referring to spilled chances when SRH’s Abhishek Sharma was batting.
“Catches that these can hamper your knock out stage games. It is very important to be at your best. There are plenty of positives in this game but we will try to come back strong.”
SRH skipper David Warner took a big gamble by asking 18-year old Abdul Samad to bowl the final over when CSK needed 28 runs. The Australian defended his decision. “I backed him (Samad). I had no option. We tried to kill the game in the 19th over with Khaleel there with five balls to bowl. Could have given it to Abhishek, but Samad with his height and the way he bowled tonight, he had to bowl the last one,” said Warner.
He also praised Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma for their gritty batting under pressure.
“It’s my message to the youngsters, to go out their and score some runs. These guys assessed the conditions and played well, so really really proud of them.”
His side falling short yet again despite having him at the crease, MS Dhoni said he was trying to hit the ball too hard when timing the ball was a better option against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match on Friday.