IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni criticizes home batsmen for failing to read slow Chepauk track

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't happy that his batsmen failed to read the slow Chepauk track and were not discreet in their shot selection.

Press Trust of India, May 08, 2019 08:52:10 IST

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't happy that his batsmen failed to read the slow Chepauk track and were not discreet in their shot selection during their six-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in the first IPL Qualifier on Tuesday.

CSK could score only 131 for 4 batting first, a target that was surpassed in 18.3 overs.

MS Dhoni captain of Chennai Super Kings plays a shot during the qualifier 1 match of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on the 7th May 2019 Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

MS Dhoni criticized CSK batsmen for their failure to read the slow Chepauk track. Vipin Pawar/SPORTZPICS

"At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly. We have played 6 to 7 games already, that's the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn't do well, I think the batting needs to get better," CSK skipper didn't mince words at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni was particularly critical about the fact that shot selection wasn't the best in many cases during the past few games.

"These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn't be played. These are the players who we have banked on. They have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game," said.

While the spinners didn't have a big total to defend, Dhoni thought that they should have bowled a bit wider from the batsmen.

"I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, a few catches weren't taken. We perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen, we didn't have runs on the board, every boundary conceded in a 130 defence is bad."

He had a word of caution now that CSK has lost four out of their last six games but are still in the hunt having finished in the top two.

"It isn't good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather than going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket, that means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top two and that gives us a second chance.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 08:52:10 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254