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Captain Dhoni concedes CSK did not play to potential

October 24, 2020 00:08 IST
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'Whether you lose by 8 or 10 wickets, it hardly matters; but where we are at this stage of the tournament, it does hurt.'

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back after the 10-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians in the IPL match in Sharjah on Friday. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that his side failed to perform to potential after an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League match in Sharjah on Friday.

 

The defeat put Chennai Super Kings all but out of the reckoning for a place in the play-offs, with just six points from 11 matches. They remain rooted at the bottom in the IPL points table.

"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," he said.

"What you need to see is where we actually went wrong, right from the second game," Dhoni said, at the post-match presentation.

"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."

The former India captain said luck also did not favour the Super Kings this time.

"It was more about the bowling. (Ambati) Rayudu got injured, the other batsmen were, maybe not there 200 percent, 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," he said.

He said cumulatively there have been batting failures but termed it a part and parcel of the game.

"You can't always think the result will go your way. 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."

Dhoni said the remaining three games will be an ideal opportunity to give the platform to the youngsters in the side.

"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."

Mumbai Indians stand-in captain Kieron Pollard described the thumping win as team effort.

"We wanted to bowl them out under 100 but Sam batted well. I think it was a total team effort," said Pollard, who led Mumbai Indians in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma.

"Two-three wickets early puts you in the game and to get 4-5 is fantastic. Then the openers going out and finishing off and not leaving any uncertainty was good."

He said Mumbai Indians will want to finish in the top-two in the league phase.

"There's always room for improvement, myself making some mistakes on the field, guys not being aware in certain situations. Maybe it's no technical, but it's things you need to speak about."

On leading the side, he said, "It (captaincy) is part and parcel of it, sometimes you don't actually have to be a leader to be a leader.

"I know a thing or two. So it was just a matter of me stepping in and it came off tonight. It was just matter of making right decisions, not giving them freebies."

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