Mumbai v Chennai, IPL, Mumbai May 6, 2013

'Mentally we were not into this game' - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, has put his side's crushing loss to Mumbai Indians down to a lack of focus following their seven-game winning streak in IPL 2013. The batting in the chase of 140, Dhoni said, was "a comedy of errors".

"Before the match our coach Stephen Fleming was a bit worried about us being complacent. I think that was on the cards after winning seven games in a row. Mentally we were not into this game at all," Dhoni said after the game. "We should have got 140. There was a comedy of errors, especially, in the batting department."

Super Kings folded for the lowest score in IPL 2013, bowled out for 79 in the 16th over. The Mumbai Indians bowlers were very efficient, but several of the batsmen threw away their wickets. While it was a nightmare evening for the team, Dhoni said he was happy they were shaken up at this stage of the tournament. "I think it was a good wake-up call for us," he said. "With a few more games to go, we got it at the right time."

Coach Fleming reflected Dhoni's thoughts: "It was the first day in the tournament which we would like to forget. I guess the positive part about this defeat is that it happened now. Four more games are left [for Super Kings in the round-robin stage] and it's a pretty long tournament to maintain your standards.

"But winning seven in a row was a pretty good effort. The nature of the competition is such that it [winning eight consecutive games] has not been done before. There is a reason for that because getting up every day, performing well and being consistent is tough work. Today we were not just good enough to do that."

Both Dhoni and Fleming agreed that Super Kings' bowlers did a good job. "The way we started the match was fantastic. We also got wickets at regular intervals," Dhoni said. "[Dwayne] Bravo bowled really well. It was a mistake on my part that I didn't give him another over. Having said that, death bowling still remains a concern."

Fleming said the pitch was a bit different from the usual offerings in the IPL, but that did not justify his team's implosion. "It was a little different to what we have been playing on. The spongy nature of the Mumbai wicket made stroking the ball a bit difficult. There wasn't a lot of sideways movement or lot of spin. Just the nature of the bounce was a bit different to any other pitch. But that's not an excuse for being bowled out for 70-odd."

For the second time in the tournament, R Ashwin received a rather baffling promotion up the order. In the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Ashwin opened with Super Kings chasing 120. Here, with Super Kings 18 for 4, he came out at No. 6 ahead of Dhoni. Fleming said that decision was taken to try to stabilise the innings before the finishers came in. "Ashwin is a capable bat. The most important thing was stopping the wickets.

"In not chasing a big total, it did not matter wasting two-three overs. We have faith in Ashwin and thought if he can get a 10 to 20-run partnership going with Hussey it may change the game with the likes of Dhoni and [Ravindra] Jadeja to come."

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  • sekar on May 9, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Why dhoni came in late if dhoni came in no.4 then the match result may be different

  • Vinoth on May 9, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Mumbai deserves for this win. But dhoni didn't say even one good word about MI bowling(at least about Jonson) :-( And he is saying that there has been comedy of errors in their batting. As a captain,you should not say like this MSD.But everyone knows MI outplayed CSK. That's all.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Praneeth Veeramachaneni, you see CSK lost the Match, and MSD as the captain was called upon to explain or spell out the reasons for the loss. He obviously will not say MI bowled well, because first they obviously did that, but it wasn't (as it was clear to EVERYONE) that more than MI bowlers running through or blowin' away the CSK batting line-up, it was suicidal batting by almost every CSK batter that led to them being 5 for 34 and then going on to lose the match. Once again, yes, Mitch and other MI bowlers bowled well, and why mention just Mitch, Ojha and even Bhajjy seemed like Thommo-Lillee or Holding-Garner-Marshall - that was how bad CSK were. Then what else do you expect of Dhoni, arrey baba, his team lost and he plainly chose to criticise and pinpoint CSK's mistakes only because their harakiri in batting was of their own making, MI surely did not prompt them into making mistakes and losing their wickets, oh-so cheaply!!!!

  • Insane on May 7, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    CSK just wanted to hit a low to peak at the playoffs. CSK the greatest team ever. i challenge that only this team has the capability to succeed in ODI and test not only in t20 ...

  • adil on May 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Based on Dhoni's comments, one has to wonder exactly how many times in the past he has felt this way, in particular with regards to team India. I may be reading too much regarding his comment, but maybe he has feelt the same way before an international match and that "mental unpreparedness" has found its way into the mental state of the rest of the occupants of the dressing room. That being said, lets pray that this was the last of his mental blocks. Especially with team India.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    yes it was a comedy of errors - Not fully utilizing Morris , Ashwin At No:6 , Vijay in the team in-spite of failures.If they were Complacent they would have Included anirudha in the place of Vijay.Which i think would have favored CSK.MSD Pls Accept that MI were Jus too much for us to handle.In the end it was a great win.I hope CSK atleast win One of the other 3 away matches.This season is Defining that Home conditions Matters.

  • Satish Chandar on May 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : I am pretty sure you are a fan of Yusuf Pathan or Bisla than Dravid or Kallis as you deal it in strike rate and not on the wholesale value of the player.. As you mentioned, CSK has loads of guys with strike rate 150 and Badri is as low as 120 but when CSK lose 2-3 quick wickets, you will ALWAYS find Badri coming in ahead of every other 6 hitter and play till 10-12 overs to set up the platform which will allow the 6 hitter to come and do what they normally do.. This game is prime example of wat happens when Badri fails to steady after false start.. 6 hitters come in at 6th(if not for Ashwin promotion)/9th over and don't know whether to hit 6 or steady the sinking ship.. They play their natural game and if got out like Bravo or Dhoni, the shop is shut.. Even the T20 teams need likes of Dravid, Badri, Kallis to steady the ship on false starts mate..

  • Satish Chandar on May 7, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Pams118 : That is what i say.. Say them lucky but certainly back door entry is a term which abuses the team.. I do remember some BPL team entering into finals during midnight due to some rule changes suddenly.. This was not a case like that.. They were in 4th place and none really overtook them and replaced them in that slot.. So they remained there and beat two teams to be in finals where they lost to a better team on the day..

  • Min on May 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    CSK is a great balanced team under good captain Dhoni. But, they should never take any game lightly. They might have though they would easily reach the target at the half way stage of the game but...Yes, it is a WAKE UP call for the MEN in Yellow.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Good wake up call for CSK. This will help them to devise the strategy what they can do if something goes wrong, so they can think about Plan C, before the super 4 & finals!! But full credit goes to both the bowlers (specially Malinga & Mitchell) and not any batsman!! At end of the game, as usual i notice Mr Cool Captain stands above all by accepting the defeat as "Comedy of errors".

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