Chennai Super Kings v King XI Punjab, IPL 2014, second Qualifier, Mumbai May 30, 2014

Dhoni criticises 'irresponsible' seniors

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The second qualifier was the third occasion that Chennai Super Kings had conceded over 200 runs to Kings XI Punjab this season. They lost each time. A refreshingly familiar century from Virender Sehwag set up a target of 227, but it looked in considerable danger as Suresh Raina produced a breathtaking 25-ball 87.

The highest successful chase in T20 history was in Super Kings' grasp as they became the first side to post 100 runs in the Powerplay. MS Dhoni, their captain, had believed all the ingredients had been in place for their progress into the IPL final.

"I think definitely it was something we could have achieved, the reason being Suresh [and] the way he batted," Dhoni said, "I think in the middle overs there was some very irresponsible cricket by some of the most experienced international cricketers, so I think definitely we need to have a look, in a game like this when the stakes are high, you can't really commit mistakes."

Raina's blitz had allowed the other batsmen to play a normal T20 chase. The equation had mellowed down to 127 from 83 balls, with eight wickets in hand. Coupled with their batting riches, Super Kings are also a big-game team, having made five IPL finals. That they would stumble as badly as losing four wickets for 33 runs between the 12th and 17th overs contributed to Dhoni's disappointment.

He also had stern words for a weakness that has trailed Super Kings across seasons. While most times their slower bowlers would mend the perception of a weak bowling attack, this season they had received quite some tap and it continued on Friday night. Ravindra Jadeja's 4-0-48-0 today was his worst T20 spell yet and R Ashwin was also slapped for 44 runs in his four overs.

"Apart from that bowling department also, we need our spinners to improve a bit," Dhoni said "Especially on good flat wickets that has been a concern for us, and again it proved in this game also.

"They way they started, definitely because I had belief in my bowling that they will definitely let them score over 200 runs. But overall they batted really well."

The loss of Dwayne Bravo, who had injured his shoulder during the UAE leg of the tournament, had limited the options at Dhoni's disposal in a crunch game.

"One of our retained players, we lost him right at the start. And to come to the knockout stages without him, that itself is a big achievement. If Bravo was playing in a game like this, we'll have one more spinner or a fast bowler and that really gives us good support. Six bowlers is something you can manoeuvre more with, but what's done is done. Bravo got injured but still we did really well in this tournament."

Sehwag was the architect of Kings XI's mammoth total. Booming front foot drives and pin-point cuts behind square were on full view and none of the Super Kings bowlers could curb his strokeplay.

"I think Viru pa, once he gets going hardly any bowler can stop him, and in our bowling attack also there is hardly any quick bowler who can push him onto the back foot," Dhoni said. "I think he batted really well, took the challenge to the spinners, dominated the spinners, never really let us get back into the game, they scored 25 runs more. The way Suresh batted, it was within our reach."

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  • on June 1, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Being a csk fan,really disappointed at seeing their performance in semis,dhoni says international cricketers did not take responsibility..poor to see dhoni himself forgetting he is international player...i feel he didnt have the guts to come up the order and show what he is capable of...

  • ladycricfan on June 1, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Every one in the CSK team performed well and has given match winning performances through out the tournament. Manhas and Negi had very few chances to perform. But if you help the opposition by running yourself out after Raina has removed all the pressure of chasing the big score it will hurt the team and the fans.

    CSK fans had all the fun during the past years. Let everybody enjoy their teams's success. KXIP invested wisely in the auction and are reaping the benefits. It will Preity's day today.

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Its peak time to change strategy from Dhoni side, Ashwin bowling attack is very poor from long time. Still he is in the team. Their bowling attack went wrong and scored around 200 above.Once Raina got out , Dhoni should take the initiative to bat up in the order..to manage an normal innings and win it for CSK . In such kind of important matches, After raina - Dhoni should have to take the charge from their. He was sitting behind and watching the match most of the time and leaving it to others and try to finish it in style. But that was a nice strategy, now it is going out-dated.( Dhoni has to leave the Faith in Aswin and Isant)

    I am a fan of Dhoni, he should think about changes in his team. He have so many resources in outside.He is not beliving in it.If he belives in it, india or CSK wont loose any matches.!! No doubt..He is the only captain we have..to Win WC.~~2nd we can say Gambhir~~ Gud luck Dhoni for future!

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    ...I cudn't believe dhoni loosing rag here...it proves that dhoni cares more about CSK than India..I think it was his and his management error how they approach the chase..why was Bmac in middle order when he had great opening partnership with smith. Dhoni shud have come to bat instead of jadeja..he batted too low and left without partner in the end. In the chase like that you cant win single handed..U need to fire from both side.One dot ball to get strike next over means u loose one chance of hitting sixes..Can blame hussey for the shot coz it was time to go for shots and sometimes it work out sometimes it doesn't..thats cricket. Dhoni made fun out of his bowling units..who apart from KXIP..restricted every other teams. I still thing ashwin is way overrated..I will prefer Askar patel in team rather than him coz of his composer and batting...Dhoni's comment showed that he was not to blame whereas it was all his and management fault for their exit...

  • mjrvasu on June 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Badree would have been a good check for Sehwag, instead of Faf who contributed very little in this IPL.

  • imtiazjaleel on June 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    It shows Dhoni also succumbs under pressure note one but thrice. This will be the Third time in a row that he cannot win the IPL. One player can make a big difference but still you cant blame the bowlers it is the batsmen who failed to chase down the score even after the fastest starts in IPL's history.

  • on June 1, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Doni has one of the best bowling attacks among all ipl teams. it is not problem with csk bowlers the problem for csk was teams like KXI Punjab had better batsmen than of csk and that is how they defeated csk 3 out of 3 encounters in this ipl. If the csk bowlers are not good then how did those bowlers restrict many other ipl team batsmen around 140 to 150 or so, and it was those fine bowling performances by csk bowlers that helped csk to win many games and they could not do that against teams like kxi punjab etc because kxi punjab had better batsmen. csk had few poor batting performances in this ipl but they still won those games because csk bowlers brought them victories in those games so doni is wrong in criticizing his bowlers.

  • moscowman on May 31, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Exactly my observation. Du Plessis threw away his wicket more frequently .Brendon except a couple of innings at the start was also irresponsible, jumping down and trying to hit bowlers even after a six or so. David Hussy also played a rash stroke. To lose the match after a record 100 in power play was just madness due to highly irresponsible batting. And bowlers just could not keep direction. Kings XI batsmen merrily threw their bats around to hit all over ball park knowing well that they were never ever going to get bowled. CSK should have better pacers and as Dhoni said losing Bravo at the start itself was a body blow. Still, don't worry CSK,especially Dhoni, you did very well and we are ALWAYS with you. It is time seniors woke up and resolved to play responsibly.

  • on May 31, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    he himself feared n came at 7 and faced 30balls, was in shock whether he is attacking or practising batting. if raina played a one man show them why Dhoni failed. he lacks confidence on himself, to escape from that he pulled out issue of international players

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    CSK fans ought to be appalled by the absence of Badree. Being a legspinner he would've been considered as Maxwell's Achilles Heel. He has bowled with a miserly economy in T20Is and continued that consistency this season for CSK. I think at times Dhoni hasn't backed him enough.

  • on June 1, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Being a csk fan,really disappointed at seeing their performance in semis,dhoni says international cricketers did not take responsibility..poor to see dhoni himself forgetting he is international player...i feel he didnt have the guts to come up the order and show what he is capable of...

  • ladycricfan on June 1, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Every one in the CSK team performed well and has given match winning performances through out the tournament. Manhas and Negi had very few chances to perform. But if you help the opposition by running yourself out after Raina has removed all the pressure of chasing the big score it will hurt the team and the fans.

    CSK fans had all the fun during the past years. Let everybody enjoy their teams's success. KXIP invested wisely in the auction and are reaping the benefits. It will Preity's day today.

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Its peak time to change strategy from Dhoni side, Ashwin bowling attack is very poor from long time. Still he is in the team. Their bowling attack went wrong and scored around 200 above.Once Raina got out , Dhoni should take the initiative to bat up in the order..to manage an normal innings and win it for CSK . In such kind of important matches, After raina - Dhoni should have to take the charge from their. He was sitting behind and watching the match most of the time and leaving it to others and try to finish it in style. But that was a nice strategy, now it is going out-dated.( Dhoni has to leave the Faith in Aswin and Isant)

    I am a fan of Dhoni, he should think about changes in his team. He have so many resources in outside.He is not beliving in it.If he belives in it, india or CSK wont loose any matches.!! No doubt..He is the only captain we have..to Win WC.~~2nd we can say Gambhir~~ Gud luck Dhoni for future!

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    ...I cudn't believe dhoni loosing rag here...it proves that dhoni cares more about CSK than India..I think it was his and his management error how they approach the chase..why was Bmac in middle order when he had great opening partnership with smith. Dhoni shud have come to bat instead of jadeja..he batted too low and left without partner in the end. In the chase like that you cant win single handed..U need to fire from both side.One dot ball to get strike next over means u loose one chance of hitting sixes..Can blame hussey for the shot coz it was time to go for shots and sometimes it work out sometimes it doesn't..thats cricket. Dhoni made fun out of his bowling units..who apart from KXIP..restricted every other teams. I still thing ashwin is way overrated..I will prefer Askar patel in team rather than him coz of his composer and batting...Dhoni's comment showed that he was not to blame whereas it was all his and management fault for their exit...

  • mjrvasu on June 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Badree would have been a good check for Sehwag, instead of Faf who contributed very little in this IPL.

  • imtiazjaleel on June 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    It shows Dhoni also succumbs under pressure note one but thrice. This will be the Third time in a row that he cannot win the IPL. One player can make a big difference but still you cant blame the bowlers it is the batsmen who failed to chase down the score even after the fastest starts in IPL's history.

  • on June 1, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Doni has one of the best bowling attacks among all ipl teams. it is not problem with csk bowlers the problem for csk was teams like KXI Punjab had better batsmen than of csk and that is how they defeated csk 3 out of 3 encounters in this ipl. If the csk bowlers are not good then how did those bowlers restrict many other ipl team batsmen around 140 to 150 or so, and it was those fine bowling performances by csk bowlers that helped csk to win many games and they could not do that against teams like kxi punjab etc because kxi punjab had better batsmen. csk had few poor batting performances in this ipl but they still won those games because csk bowlers brought them victories in those games so doni is wrong in criticizing his bowlers.

  • moscowman on May 31, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Exactly my observation. Du Plessis threw away his wicket more frequently .Brendon except a couple of innings at the start was also irresponsible, jumping down and trying to hit bowlers even after a six or so. David Hussy also played a rash stroke. To lose the match after a record 100 in power play was just madness due to highly irresponsible batting. And bowlers just could not keep direction. Kings XI batsmen merrily threw their bats around to hit all over ball park knowing well that they were never ever going to get bowled. CSK should have better pacers and as Dhoni said losing Bravo at the start itself was a body blow. Still, don't worry CSK,especially Dhoni, you did very well and we are ALWAYS with you. It is time seniors woke up and resolved to play responsibly.

  • on May 31, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    he himself feared n came at 7 and faced 30balls, was in shock whether he is attacking or practising batting. if raina played a one man show them why Dhoni failed. he lacks confidence on himself, to escape from that he pulled out issue of international players

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    CSK fans ought to be appalled by the absence of Badree. Being a legspinner he would've been considered as Maxwell's Achilles Heel. He has bowled with a miserly economy in T20Is and continued that consistency this season for CSK. I think at times Dhoni hasn't backed him enough.

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Jadeja's promotion was for the simple reason that they wanted a left-right hand combination going as they have been doing throughout the series. A player like Jadeja was given the license to play his shots with freedom and less pressure with the RRR @ 9 rpo. Dhoni would back himself 10 out of 10 times to score even 15-20 runs off the last over even if he bats with tailenders, hence he bats deep. Also he is an aging Dhoni who is keeping wickets in all formats of the game plus with India's hectic schedule it would tire him out mentally. He is managing his workload effectively with this strategy.

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    These people who claim to be Dhoni haters are, in reality just desperate people who look for a scapegoat for their favourite team's defeat so they blindly pick the captain. Yes, the captain plays the pivotal role in leading the side but cricket is a team game, so if the players don't perform then you can't expect even the best captains to be victorious. It's a real shame that a player who has lead the country to 2 World Cup victories has many haters. I would think most Indians should be proud of what they have rather than keep wishing for better players. Firstly we need good bowlers and we haven't found one who can perform consistently, hence we don't deserve to be world champions.

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    The biggest blunder from CSK that I noticed - Raina running himself out, attempting a non-existing single ! The way he chucked his wicket to Kings XI, Raina did not deserve to be on the winning side. The rest of the CSK batsmen, at least they had the excuse of misreading the bowler's line, length OR speed. What excuse does Raina have (other than brain freeze) for hitting a ball straight to a fielder so close to the wicket AND attempting a run !

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    As a Dhoni fan, I think the only big mistake he made was not picking Badree for this game. Many people think he should have come higher in the batting order. However, we fail to realise that CSK had 2 of their best T20 batsmen in McCullum and David Hussey to bat and they both were miserable especially the former who was responsible for the runouts of Raina and himself. A good captain always backs his players to perform their roles as per the situation so Dhoni shouldn't be blamed for the defeat and he was absolutely right to speak his mind out.

  • luv_indo.cric on May 31, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    dhoni is right rather.others had to play for rain(dave jaddu bazz aswin as well as dhoni) also dhoni shouldhave batted up.smith also was in a hurry.why he played straight drive when he knew that gonna be a inswing.at the moment raina played well too.dhoni not a superman but he must think that he cant be even a man when he bats at that position.proud of viru pa...he must give a place at least in t20 squad...and what can i say about raina.Mr IPL he deserves that title.and king of t20.

  • fayyaz03 on May 31, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    You are right Mr. Captain Cool. The match was lost by some irresponsible cricket played by seniors. And the biggest irresponsible act was committed by you. Doing an Inzamam! Demoting your self down the order to underachieve you skills when there was a time for taking charge. The memories of ODI played on 3rd January 2013 still give us heart ache. But its been one and a half year and you have still not learnt!

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Dhoni is bang on with his assesment. Raina pulled 150 kph ball from johnson for si while Faf Du plesis couldn't handle a mere 139 kph ball. Shame on all those who criticise raina.

  • Jackpot6 on May 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Good batting by Shewag! but Raina was a REAL thunderbolt! I usually hate CSK; but Raina was batting exceptionally... oh yes no slogging all clean shots...

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Mccullum scored a lot of runs for CSK..its OK for him to have an off day..MS messed up the batting order by separating Mccullum Smith opening combo..And even Hussey..who came out of commentary played 2 matchwinnimg knocks for Csk.So its unfair to blame them.

  • lokphy on May 31, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Following big mistakes by Dhoni: 1. Why discourage your bowlers at the start of toss. 2. Why not try other bowling options (Raina, hussey) 3. Why swap Brendon and Faf's batting positions 4. Why send Jadeja and Hussey ahead of you when the target was reduced a lot. I think he shouldn't blame others but himself.

  • ssenthil on May 31, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I m really loving this all Dhoni blasting. Finally people are understanding the averageness of Dhoni, who always hailed by his fans as Superman. I would rate Dhoni is as good as Ganguly in limited overs cricket and a no player as far as Tests concerned apart from that 1 innings against Australia in Chennai. He got too much praise for his small role, which have been easily done by others. What Dhoni is best at is in a 50 over match or a 20 over match make the reqd RR from 6 RPO/8 RPO to 8 RPO and 10 RPO and hit a Six in the 50th over/20th over and he is hailed as greatest finisher by his blind fans. Also Raina's 87 off 25 proves that not only a great start not going to win a match as many Viru fans saying his 87 actually helped to beat England in Chennai when the target is above 400. Cricket is a team game and all 11 players have to contribute and at least 2 or 3 of them in each department have to lead from the front. Dhoni have got the mens but he is not one of them. It's TRUE!

  • nainil0683 on May 31, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Disappointing statement from Dhoni. He should not pinpoint any International players. He says that they played irresponsible cricket in such a high profile game, what about our very own Yuvraj Singh who played even poorer in World Twenty-20 final. At that time Mr. Dhoni said he was trying his best. So are you trying to say thy IPL Semi-Final was bigger than World Twenty-20 Final? DuPlesis only played 1 ball, Smith only 11 and Mccullum only 16. Our Yuvraj alone played 21 balls ans only scored 11. The only person to blame is you yourself Mr. Dhoni.

  • thinkgood on May 31, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    MSD is correct. McCullam and DHussey played very bad especially McCullam should have taken off after getting him run out himself. Dhussey played a horrible shot and even a tailender would do better. Raina sacrificed his wicket for McCullam. That was Raina's fault. Anyways CSK needs to rethink before bringing in a replacement for an injured player such as Dwayne Bravo. DHussey is NO replacement for Bravo . Not a good choice there and eventually it hurt CSK.

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    We are really upset on this loss .After Raina's great knock CSK should not have lost this game. The strength of CSK is batting. We can accept one batsman making a mistake and playing a childish irresponsible game. This time except Raina no one seems to play a matured game. With lots of hope we watched the game. Finally we did not see any maturity in any other players. Getting beaten 3rd time is truly not showing if they really had a plan in place .All they had to do is have proper strategy for these kind of game. Dhoni We are all a die hard fan of your execution in field .Very unhappy to see these kind of performance. Please ensure you do something @ CLT20.

  • iruku_rocks on May 31, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    First of all congrats to punjab. They were consistent through out the tournament. Great knock from viru and a mind blowing knock from raina. Sorry for the runout but it is a great throw from bailey.

    The match is lost not because of foreign players but because of dhoni's decision. I am just wondering how can you send mccullum in the middle order when is a good opening batsmn. Faf is a good middle order batsman.

    How can you send hussey before you man. You needed 82 of 40 odd balls. As a captain you should take the responsibility. Also hussey played few games in the tournament. You did the same mistake when you sent Yuvi in the worldcup final. You cannot commit the same mistake twice in a high profile match Mr.Dhoni. This shows your so called innovative ideas are worthless.

    Dhoni has someone to blame always Bowlers, batsmen, fielders except him. Also chennai is the only team that is playing with players with some international exposure. Happy that good team with good captain won.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    SenGut22 being a Dhoni fan is fine but blindly believing all he says is nonsense and saying Dhoni is always right is madness.Dhoni made major mistakes and that cost him the game.Mistake no.1 at toss itself he says my bowlers are not good they will leak runs so i will chase why cant you strengthen your bowling.No.2 Baz plays fast bowlers well and faf the spinners swapping them was a big mistake.No.3 Being the captain he should have taken responsibility and batted up the order after raina fell to stabilize and accelerate the innings instead he chose to send all batsmen ahead of jaddu comes after raina falls what a strategy. If not for these foreign players csk wont have reached till here.Dhoni loves to bat at end so he can hit a six remain not out and be a hero.That work all times. @Facebook user are you kidding me calling Dhoni responsible he scored 20 runs just swinging his bat in last two overs when all was lost had he been responsible he would have batted up and tried to win

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    I am a CSK fan but laughing at MSD :) it's really funny.

    It's obvious that Dhoni is upset because the other seniors did not do really well in this game, go back to the previous game against Kohli (RCB) and you decided to bowl Hussey on his first game to bowl the last over when you had a good spinner and seamer to bowl that last over and have 10 runs to defend. You took that very lightly!?

    We lost that game, lost the second spot we had to play 2 knock-out and now you are knocked out really. Well deserved!

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    MS Dhoni is totally responsible for that defeat. He is actually try to run of responsibilities. Ge always try to send other players before than him that they play and make the target short and then he play and play a small innings and winning shot and take all the credit. And he did same in yesterday match. Raina built a very very good score on the scoreboard. 6 overs 100 then what is remaining there to do. but the mistake was sending Ravindra Jadeja before Hussey or Himself. Dhoni should comes to play on Jadeja's place. Then the result would differnt.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    For once, I am agreeing with all the Dhoni Bashers for this loss. Dhoni was the only reason why this match was lost. He should have promoted himself in the order. He should have come in before McCullum to keep Raina's head in place or at least after Raina. David and Jaddu are capable of starting very quickly with huge hits whereas Dhoni needs a couple of overs before he starts going. POOR CAPTAINCY followed by unnecessary comments on International Players. Ashwin has always been there for him in tough situations and the poor guy needs some break. I certainly did not expect Smith to do anything in this match. All being said, Dhoni, I still love you. You still are the BEST FINISHER of the game.

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Why all blaming dhoni. Yes he is correct. Duplesis, smith, mccullum and hussey all are out very cheaply (single digit) in knockout games thats why he said like that. He always correct

  • ladycricfan on May 31, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Dhoni mainly criticised the irresponsible run outs. One run out is excusable, two is too many. Ah, how wonderful it could've been if Raina continued? Would've broken Gayle's record?

  • on May 31, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    I guess world cup final was also a Crunch match but he supported Yuvraj Singh, saying that everyone can have a bad day. Same thing happened here but Dhoni criticized the same foreign players who are in the list of Most Valuable players. Never has he come up the batting order during pressure but when runs are flowing he will promote to show that he is the greatest finisher.

  • Sudhir65 on May 31, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    McCullum (not McMillan) was doing very well in opener slot. Was not it captain's decision to push him down?

    Dhoni himself could do nothing with a length ball from Mitchell which was also a Free Hit. Why blame others, Mr. Dhoni? See the track record of Intl. stars. They have contributed mightily to CSK this season.

    Mr. Dhoni should be a true gentleman and offer an apology- not only to the Intl. cricketers but to all cricket fans who are extremely upset with his uncalled for and unsportsmanlike remarks.

  • on May 31, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Dhoni mentioned International cricketers. Not foreign players. There is a different point of view as well. Jadeja, Ashwin are international cricketers too. He criticized everyone.

  • deadite11 on May 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    First of all coming to the match, i can say some mistakes in that match:

    1) KXIP knows CSK bowling much since first match, CSK doesnt have quality world class bowlers like KXIP which atleast had one professional bowler called MJ.

    2) Dwayne smith is a very good aggressive opener who lost his way after Baz departed for NZ for personal reasons, where chemistry of Faf and smith doesnt worked out. MS does a mistake of opening slot with this.

    3) Sehwag and Nehra are delhi guys who knows much between them, and Nehra looks a baby for sehwag so Nehra should ve been avoided to bowl initially and should ve been used death overs, in meantime Dwayne smith should ve been used part time would ve been worked out well.

    So, coming to the fact, CSK doesnt having an perfect Overseas bowler and all-rounder thats the big problem which lost against mighty punjab in this season. Sehwag is a cool person who can do well if he didnt become a captain. Well done both Viru and Raina.

  • on May 31, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Dhoni is responsible person, he made 32 out of 21 ball, where the required strike rate is more than 210, he failed to accelerate.

  • on May 31, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Dhoni- What about yourself? What took you so long to start hitting. Are you planning to start hitting only in the last over? Even when you arrived. the target was still achievable. But mostly you couldn't connect. Apart from Raina , CSK were clueless.

  • rsurya on May 31, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    When the required rate is 7.5, dhoni will come to bat even in firstdown and takeit upto 9 rpo in the last 3 overs and atlast take it upto 15 of the last over and win by hitting a 6 in the last or penultimate ball. but in this match it is 12 rpo. How about Devillers in this situation. Devillers is a fighter he would have won or lost fighting, but sure he won't stay there for sake and get the curse of fans.

  • TheMysteryMan on May 31, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    This was in very bad taste. That Run out of Raina was unfortunate. It robbed us of what could have been a monumental innings in the history of not just IPL but T20 cricket in whole. It still is one of the best. But it was an exceptional piece of fielding that got the wicket. That was almost a blind throw. George Bailey threw the ball as he was turning. Tight singles are part of the game, and they take risks in T20. And both players hesitated. And what about excellent bowling in middle overs by Punjab bowlers? No credit to them? Even Dhoni was not able to hit them. It was only last over that Dhoni went bonkers to improve his strike rate but match was over by then. You should never send Jadeja above yourself Mr. Dhoni. It was time to take responsibility early yourself. Not send pinch hitters and hope for the best. In big chase, Dhoni should have been in at 4 or 5 and not down at 7.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    csk wasted raina's fantastic knock by Dhoni & Co. Not speed up his bat wen he entered like raina. very undigested.

  • Sudhir65 on May 31, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    A sign of a true leader is that if something goes wrong, he takes the blame himself. It is the opposite with Dhoni these days. Best man available to lead our proud nation? Don't think so.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    After failing to qualify for the IPL 2014 Finals, Dhoni said on the Presentation Ceremony "there was some irresponsible cricket by international cricketer. You know can't afford to make a mistake like that in these kind of game." But when the team India lost in the T20i WC Finals Dhoni said in the Press meet "Actually Yuvi was trying there in the middle, it is a game. You know that these things will happen."

    So Dhoni, Do you think IPL is more important than a T20i WC? This is not the way to bhve by a gentleman. He should thnk that BM is tte highest run getter in T20s Hussey is the 2nd highest run getter. And Smith is the leadig runs screr fr CSK rhis tym

  • eng_mdkhan on May 31, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    I watched the highlights to have a better idea of what unfolded last night and following are my observations. -Dhoni's assessment of senior players not pulling their weight is true but it should include himself as well. Faf, Dwayne, McCullum, Hussey and Jadeja all more or less gave away their wickets -Allowing KXIP to put up yet another mammoth total. Super kings has not chased successfully this season as they did previously so once they conceded the huge score the writing was on the wall. -Persisting with Mohit despite being taken apart in previous games -Losing Dwayne Bravo to injury CSK never filled the void left by him properly -When Raina brought down the RRR to 9.07 after the 6th over, McCullum should have turned the strike over to Raina instead he went for the 2nd running Raina out -Losing wickets in a cluster -Dhoni was too late on the charge, a counter after the fall of Hussey might have had some impact on KXI which, of all people Dhoni was most capable of doing

  • sumanpo on May 31, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Its a game & anything could happen. I dont like the sentence as Dhoni said "irresponsible cricket from international players" pointing out to B.mccllum. he didnt also score good. CSK lost bcoz of the best bowling & fielding bt KingsXI. So I wanna see CSK without B.mccllum in 2015 IPL. I want him on KKR. You should respect the player Mr.Dhoni..

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    csk lost due to mcmillan. he should not picked for playing xl after he got back from NZ. he run out raina and run out himself. still he was in holiday mood. csk lost badri as bowler.

  • ksk_allsport on May 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Oh mr cool Dhoni is completely out of sorts!!!! Poor guy, he just scored 26 runs from 28 balls before the last over. Had he scored around 45-50 odd runs from 28 the match could have been turned into CSK's favour. And now he is blaming the other intl batsmen for making mistakes. It was cos of Dhoni's poor captaincy CSK lost this match. Dhoni please accept that you are not Mr cool, nobody will forget your antics after the Dharmasala match in the earlier IPL season.

  • Cricket_Fan_111 on May 31, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Dhoni does it again and again. He is always over hyped. How many times has he actually come in early in a big chase and delivered? He is scared of exposing his weakness. Well said in one of the comments. He may be good for finishing at 7.5 runs per over . I am not at all surprised.

    Very happy with the way KXIP spinners bowled under pressure when Chennai had nothing to loose. I think they should add a third spinner for the final Shivam Sharma in place of Sandeep Sharma.

  • saithesailor on May 31, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    The sad fact is that DHONI himself underperformed in the middle overs...no use in blaming the international players.To begin with , the match was lost in the 1st half itself when chennai bowled and conceded 200 plus which in any case was going to be difficult to chase. Take ownership DHONI and admit you erred rather than blaming others

  • srinivasulu.adiraju on May 31, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Hi Dhoni,

    I was disappointed with the end result but there are few points to be reminded about the game. First thing is we started well by scoring 100 in 6 overs. So next target was 128 in 14 overs and by our standards should have been achieved. But what happened is history. I and many other people felt that you should have stepped in crunch time rather than Jadeja or MAC. I am bit disappointed with that decision of yours. Man, you are not able to use your strength to the fullest. Try to be regular at 4 or 5 in crunch matches like these. Being a true follower of your cricket and decisions you take, I am still a big supporter of you no matter what the result is. Dhoni you are best of the Best of the Best! A TRUE DHONI FOLLOWER BY HEART AND MIND @ Vasu.

  • Zsam on May 31, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Had BMC not ran out SR CSK would have won with 2 overs to spare. Moral of the story: Never buy a KKR player on the market(even though KKR is now a champion team). But such players will always ensure that you lose when stakes are high. BMC also has other issues to resolve so playing him was not counter productive to begin with.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Ok,we canunderstand middle order collapsed,i.e Jadeja,Brendan and Hussey.But the late middle order i.e Dhoni 41 from 30 and Ashwin 11 from 10 balls are not good enough. You should credit the punjab bowlers or take the blame of not taking initiative and leaving the match too late allowing the runrate to climb. While bowling you could have trialled Raina and Smith too.As a captain I think you failed today.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    everyone addressing taking 9 per over after that blast from raina was a easy chase yes it was but its still 9 and over man. No body is giving credit to Punjab spinners Even dhoni wasnt able to slang them except the last over that Akshar bowled. Who knows even Raina could have got out too as the spinners bowled well. If its just poor batting some one needs to be corrected Punjab bowled well, Field well and deserved to win IF CSK would have won then it would have been for Raina that they didnt deserved.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Surprised to see Mr.Cool loosing his cool.This guy is more passionate to play for yellow jersey than in blue jersey.He did not vent his anger on "seniors" when we lost T20 world cup..but he lost cool when he did not enter final of drama called "ipl". Of course this is not first instance he was "ultra emotional" when he played a winning knock[ hitting irfan pathan for 20 odd runs in final over] against punjab at dharmasala in earlier edition too. In fact why is he whining about "seniors"[who are responsible to come this far in tournament ] he himself must have come ahead of jadeja and hussey.This guy always craves for fame by hitting "last ball" sixes but shuns responsibility when his side requires him to bat up the order in crucial situations. Anyways KX1P deserves to be in final.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Really Dhoni? The overseas players were irresponsible? What about your insistence on playing 3 indian seamers and leaving hilfenhaus out? All 3 seamers have gone for runs in the death in most matches and you still insist on packing your team with batsmen. Why did you hold yourself back and send in hussey at the fall of mccullums wicket? Why did you change the successful opening combo of smith/mccullum? Why did u trust hussey to defend 10 off the last over against rcb in his first match for csk and then promptly decide not to give him even one over in any of the remaining matches? Csk would never have reached the playoffs if it was not for the so called irresponsible overseas players brilliant performances. You hold yourself back and when you did finally come in you made no attempt to chase the target.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Dhoni should have come up the batting order, in place of Jadeja.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    As dhoni arrived after jadeja dismissal (12.1 overs)when score is 140-5 and target is with in the reachable as per dhoni standards.but he also struggle in the middle as he played 31 balls for 41.it's not just his day and he should accept it and he is not supposed critisize other team mates because of whom they were really in the playoffs.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Having watched the match and Dhoni's interview, I think he was referring specifically to McMillan. Brendan M had reason to be so defensive after coming in such a strong situation. He ruined the flow of runs...I can't blame Jadeje, he atleast tried but the way FAF got out was crazy. There should be some difference between him and S. Afridi...

  • manojshetty17 on May 31, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Mr. Captain Cool, first look at d way u played this innings. U scored 18 from 20 balls n later 28 from 26 (later ended scoring 42 after belting 'bechaara' Awana in the last over after the match was out of your reach). Its because Faf, Bravo n McMullum u reached play off. I agree that Raina played a master class innings but just like you did in World Cup (batting before inform player Yuvraj) you should have come up the order and showed your responsibility than blaming others. We know you are great finisher only when the required rate is below 7.5.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Even I too disappointed the way Dhoni spoke about the middle orders of csk during last night performance, if we look at dhoni's contrihution throughout this tournment, has not contributed much.especially this match could not score runs, even akshar patel, sharma, johnson&another spinners overs were struggeled to play. Those players were played better for their country, he doesnot have courage to criticise about others in open forum.

  • godshand on May 31, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    MSD disappointed because he too did look like trying to up the ante.

  • xylo on May 31, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni. Smith, Faf, Jadeja, BMac and Hussey froze under pressure; that isn't something that you expect with your experienced overseas batsmen. Add to it the fact that CSK went batting-heavy and an all-Indian bowling attack. Who would have thought that all of them, who performed very well up until this match, would freeze in the same match, that too after Raina set it up beautifully for them.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I am really very verry disappointed of dhoni speeches why this Gentleman blamed international seniors player. ?. It was luck of raina has played a crucial inning. Otherwise there was no any hope CSK can achieve this score. ?.. mr cool think before u speak .... sehwag has proof against u he is better than u....

  • StuddSundar on May 31, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @fiddlerv90 - I disagree with your point about MSD being an underrated Indian captain. His records in the short format speak for himself. MSD is also a batsman like Faf, but with better skill sets, calm and intellectual mind. MSD played according to the situation - Jaddu was sent up the order to maintain left/right combination. Hussey was also sent up the order because of his immense experience and the way he played against MI. On any other day, from this situation the team chasing would have had to score 30-40 in the last 2-3-4 overs. MSD had planned to do the finishing job if the international senior batsmen had stuck to their job.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    dhoni made mistake by seperating great opening pair dwayne and mccullum also sent faf to open who is well settled at 4 from t20 world , dhoni its not time for u to try different its almost pre final . dont put everything on overseas players without dwayne, mccullam and faf chennai wont get early wins after mccullam missd csk misd wins

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Most of the matches in India phase of this IPL were big shame and heavily undermine India's cricketing system. The match like this where a batsman's (who scored 2 ducks of 43 balls in England) strike rate is more than 350+ is an indicator of how worthless the India's pitches are. There is no issue with the format and speed of T20 but it should resembles the game of cricket not baseball. Any successful batsman or bowler in IPL is without any doubt are one of the poorest talent. For batsmen -- it has just became a power game. with bowler simply a luck. It is high time ICC set up some rules for T20 to make it a balanced game. That will fetch more revenue for a longer time.

  • Cric_fan1000 on May 31, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I feel Dhoni is justified in his frustrations. Firstly, bowlers let us down. KXI bowlers did a fantastic job after raina's dismissal. They did not really allow the batsman loose balls. They bowled a tight line. Feel sorry for raina who played a match winning innings and for the way he was run out unluckily. U need to have some luck in T20 cricket but it was not raina's day entirely. Would have been interesting if raina had stayed for another 4-5 overs. The man was in full flow yesterday. Would have notched up the fastest T20 century. KXI deserved to be in the final as they played consistent cricket. The most deserving team to win this IPL. It appeared like they were destined to be in the final. George bailey by running out raina won the match for them.

  • fiddlerv90 on May 31, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Dhoni seriously need some medicine, how could he provoke the same people who took this useless CSK to the playoffs?? himself(dhoni) had the chance to win the game but he failed. Atleast faf didn't waste balls but their captain took 31balls for 42, which i don't doubt if faf could have faced those balls he would have made at least 60 runs. Dhoni is just an overrated indian captain who can't send himself ahead of jadeja and hussey when a massive total is laid. I'm glad this happened sooner rather than later for mediocre dhoni fans to see how awkward he can be when massive total is before him. He rely too much on overseas players to make himself look like a mr cricket when run a ball is needed.

    Raina played his part but his teammates failed him especially his captain. Ashwin and jadeja need replacement.

    Well done KXIP, you deserved it.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Doni's statements are highly condemnable. The batsmen who came ahead of him did try their best so to call them irresponsible is not acceptable. And what was Doni doing while himself batting? First he came to bat late, then he consumed so many deliveries, his strike rate was very ordinary and only in the last over because of some big hits his strike rate went bit high. He faced 31 deliveries, it is like more than 5 overs and it is a lot in t20 games, with 31 deliveries he is expected to hit around 60 odd runs or more then only he can criticize other batsmen. His slow batting is one of the many reasons why CSK lost this particular game. His wicket keeping too was ordinary in this game. Anyway delighted to see Kings XI defeated CSK and CSK got eliminated now. Thanks for KKR to force CSK to the 3rd position in the points tally so that CSK had to go through this tough route to reach final - and it worked!!!

  • q4Qasim on May 31, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    End of over 13 (3 runs) Chennai T20 143/6 (84 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 11.00, RRR: 12.00)-R Ashwin 1* (1b)- & MS Dhoni 1* (1b) - - Do you believe that from here match winning was impossible for CSK? Why Dhoni not look for his own role in that match. Unbelievable if Suresh Raina produced a breathtaking 25-ball 87. why not this Captain,senior, talented, cool guy produce a winning innings ? criticise the others is easy rather criticise himself.

  • rsurya on May 31, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    What a master class by Dhoni, once he decided the match can't be won, he tried to up the Net run rate by getting closer to the target. What a genius he is. Right from the first delivery Dhoni faced, he had no intent to even try for a win. It happens in a match where your players get out easily, but why did you decide not to go for a win when it is still possible and many teams made wonders in recent times. Raina's face tells all the story.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    THE most irresponsible player yesturday was none other than Dhoni. When he entered the crease, CSK needed only 87 runs from 45 balls. But still, Dhoni was playing with a strike rate below 100 in his innings except in the last over.,which means the captain himself was irresponsible. There is no meaning in blaming the 'international senior players ' because those players helped Super Kings to reach the playoffs, not Dhoni. McCullum, Smith and Du plesis played with more responsibility than Dhoni throughout the series Dhoni is the best finisher only when the required rate is below 7.5

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @Abcdef Blah blah blah. Better than Tamim, Shakib etc. etc. and I'm sure you remember Pallekele 2012.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Dhoni himself gas been batting a little too lots down the order in important matches which wasn't the case during the 2011 WC Final. Coming earlier would've given him more control over the chase. But he left it to a nervous Smith and a fading Hussey. Jadeja's early dismissal also prevented Dhoni from taking the quick singles and twos at the end of the innings.

  • paul_rocks on May 31, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    MSD should take some responsibility if he is the leader he portrays himself to be, promoting himself when a win is within grasp while demoting himself to 7 when things are tough is not good leadership. He is quite swift in blaming others but as a captain and also the highest paid player shouldn't he lead from the front? I am almost certain Mcculllum gets axed next year, maybe Hussey too. It is either MSD's way or the pathway to the bench. He has followed similar tactics when he leads India so many talented players are left behind and his gang continues to play despite mediocre performances.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I have noticed whenever a critical batting innings required always Dhoni escapes from that even he is capable enough, And also Dhoni must stop blaming others, whenever he lost matches he used to point his team players mistakes rather appreciating opposition's performance like couple of catches, couple of miss fields or 20 more runs in the board,

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    In the World T20 finals, he sent Yuvi ahead of himself. Yesterday, he sent Dussey/Jadeja ahead of himself - mate, you're meant to be the best finisher ever! No one to blame besides yourself.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    LOL! And this guy is apparently known to be "Mr Cool" - The likes of Faf du Plessis in their short Test career so far have already achieved more than what Dhoni has. In fact, even McCullum has a Test triple century!

  • Haleos on May 31, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Ashwin needs to learn from Akshar patel on how to.bowl spin well.consistently. Ashwin is unnecessarily glorified in limited overs. Unfortunately bcci.thinks he is the best spinner in india and irreplaceable.

  • British_North_America on May 31, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    BB MacCulum is nothing but powerful slogger with no caliber against spin bowling.Yet, many Indians consider him as one of the world's best.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I think players like Ashwin and Jadeja weren't boot licking Dhoni anymore. He started criticizing them. He knew he did not play well. And someone in his team played a blinder of an innings at supersonic speed. So, not wanting to remain in the bunch who did not excel even half as good as the best innings of the night, he started criticizing other players. Blame game, not well played. :p

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    too bad kkr is gonna win the final

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Dhoni's criticism makes me laugh.He says irresponsible seniors should have played better.Now a few questions to MSD where were you when the same irresponsible seniors kept scoring runs and gave you good platforms.Didnt Smith and Baz set up 100+ run partnerships for csk in majority of the games faf and dave didnt they match winning innings for csk this season.Simple fact is CSK was over shadowed by the performance of these so called irresponsible senior players and Raina with last over heroics from Dhoni indian contingent was sleeping when they failed csk looked blank.Baz was at his best opening Dhoni pushes him down to 4 and takes away his attacking ability.All talks of Ashwin jadeja hunting in pair is a overhyped talk both are over rated people Akshar Patel Karanveer Sharma Chahal were better than them.With 9 an over required from over no.7 after Raina dismissal Dhoni as captain should have walked in instead he sends all others and walks in last to show his last over heroics

  • Poovhenden on May 31, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Don't know what McCullum was thinking! Just look at his running. In 6 overs the score was 100. And it was 130+ after 12 overs! And Smith was totally lost in the last two games. Can forgive Faf, Hussey...they didnt waste balls at least. Man of the match should be McCullum....single handedly gave the trophy to Punjab.

  • fkauser on May 31, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    I always hate this guy Dhoni, and again he gave me chance to pruve me right to hate him. He has never done good in any game. World cup final, GAMBHIR layed a platform by scoring 94 and this guy came behind and scored 40 odd runs which every batsmen have to do in his place and got the MOM. You always see he will come down only when the score is less or its achievable. Yesterday he could have come down if not after Raina atleast after McCullam. So he has support from two more batsmen Hussey and Jadeja and even Ashwin. But he came down even after jadeja where he was left only with tail handers. Message to Indian selector, Ashwin and Jadeja are not the spinners who can leade the spin department. You should add Ojha, Harbhajan or add the youngsters as Chall, Akshar Pater or even Mishra will do well.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    To all those senseless people who wants Dhoni to come up the batting order - How do you expect a finisher and a captain of a team to predict that your highly rated middle order will perform so poorly in an important match and bring him up the order. what about the irresponsible innings of all 4 international players? he sent in Jadeja rightly to counter the spinners. Its just that CSK relied too much on International players this year. we really appreciate Punjab 's performance and learn from them that we need to bring in more domestic power and good pace bowling in the next year.

  • suhrid on May 31, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    You must be a believer not prone to panicking to win the knock-out matches. Dhoni is a believer in his ability and his team. He has won numerous important crunch matches with this approach. Though he upgraded his batting order in the famous World Cup final, which he seldom does, is not written in his winning formula. And one should not be changing the formula , you will seldom win. Only a piece of advice to a captain cool is never to lose you calm composure. You may censure your players for a blunder occasionally and privately but not before the millions of fans watching worldwide. Please maintain you composure all the time. I know it is easy saying but you cannot chide you own players who have won numerous matches for you. That is why I personally reject any criticism of Yuvraj in the T20 World Cup final.

  • ssenthil on May 31, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Dhoni is a below average captain and hyped by his blind fans. When things are going on his way he is cool but when things are going against him, he would be never innovative. When he has the game in control and someone try to take away from him, he really does well to stop that with innovative field set like the one in 2010 final against Pollard. But when the opposition batsman started their attack early, then he is never in control and goes though motion without trying anything different. Y'day he would have bowled a over from each of Raina, D Smith and D Hussey. like G Bailey got a cheap over (Just 4 runs) from Maxwell when Maxwell was going 13 RPO this season. He lacks imagination. Sending Baz when spinners going to operate is foolish and he should have send D Hussey to spinners as all knows at later stage only fast bowlers going to operate and Baz would have bounced on them. He never given a chance to young Aparajith while his junior U-19 team players like Zol and Samson playing.

  • rajagopalann on May 31, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    dhoni always hits only in last over.He is good for nothing for 19 overs.thats why he always comes after 5 specialist batsmen

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    The most irresponsible senior international cricketer in d chennai team is Dhoni himself. In such a big chase it shud have been him batting before jadeja and hussey especially when Raina had laid the foundation for him build on.

  • jo_n on May 31, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    I think Sehwag for not being selected in Indian team. Showed what he is capable off.

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    All talk no action. Why didnt you come once Raina or Baz got out. Coming down the order when the game is gone and trying to finish off games does not work in huge chases. You should have bat top the order in familiar conditions rather than exposing the foreign players. Good for you that Viru gave a master class. All of whom you have dropped have given you it back on your face this season. Baji, Viru, Guti have done amazing.

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Dhoni was never cool inside, and it has come out sooner or later. But then, maintaining the exterior cool for so many years, with such high pressure, is a very great thing. Now that he lost the cool, lets say a few things. Why didn't Dhoni come earlier? Why didn't Dhoni try to play at a more than 150 strike rate. If he gets out, he gets out. Why didn't he try? What McCullum did was a blunder. Anybody with a good cricketing brain and experience can anticipate his single. His lack of tact assessment of the opposition costed Raina's wicket. And Ashwin's concentration on personal battles on such a big stage? Immature. Clearly distracted. Raina's innings was one of the best ever. It made Sehwag's innings look like a conventional T20 century. Dhoni was obviously angry for not making use of that supersonic start. But that isn't reason enough for Dhoni for a season long sarcasm against his bowlers. He could've asked his management to pick another set of bowlers. Sarcasm won't help. It didn't.

  • jo_n on May 31, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    If chennai won this game i'm sure chennai would have won the IPL7. Punjab is the only team that troubled chennai this year.

  • jo_n on May 31, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Dhoni is the Best indian Captian so far.

  • nothingnew on May 31, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Dhoni better you criticized yourself. As we know you are big finisher . but when you are chasing big score.you need to take some responsible as captain. You should have come earlier and give guidance to others in the middle played different role than normally do . you should do something really special not ordinary cricket from you , because this is like big semi finals and you chased really big score . you were struck to aksha patel and MJ in last overs . very hard to believe you Dhoni .

  • jo_n on May 31, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This year chennai's team selection is not as good as in previous autions. Buying McCullam and Nehra for such big money is not worth it. Reason being McCullam not good against spinners and Nehra casual approach in bowling and fielding. This year Fielding and bowling standards reduced Chennai could have bought Rp singh or praveen kumar instead of nehra.

  • jaguar7777 on May 31, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    instead of blaming other players he should have come in earlier and made an impact on the result.this is happening too many times and only the skipper is to be blamed his impact as a leader leaves a lot to be desired.a more proactive leader like gambhir would have had the desired result.dhoni's laid back leadership is responsible for csk's ouster.some situations need aggressive leadership, controlling one"s emotions will not suffice.i hope he analyses his drawbacks and lead well in the forthcoming tour of england and the worldcup. good luck skipper

  • on May 31, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Those senior players help CSK to reach the semifinal. What's the point of blaming them today? Besides Dhoni himself could have achieved the target as when he arrived, it was still a normal chase. But he failed to make contact with the ball numerous times. It was simply a great all-rounder performance by the Punjab team and apart from Raina no one in CSK had any answer.

  • sudheer1129 on May 31, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    CSK failed collectively ,1st it was bowling then batting except Raina , When a team fails collectively then leader need to rethink... As usual Dhoni came late but still they would have made it had he & David carried on.. when chasing 226 you need Mcullum & Smith to open they both are best in attacking , Faf should have been in middle... Anyway its past ,its better everyone to remind Dhoni that Finisher is someone who stays till he see his team to finish the job but not who comes at finishing stage...

  • on May 31, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    So called match winner, instead of sending Jadeja in, he should've gone in if he wanted to win but he rather opted to sit and let jadeja and david hussey in.

  • on May 31, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Dhoni knows its a flat batting track and how good of a finisher he is. Then, Why doesnt he learn to hit it from ball one just like Raina? He took 31 balls to make 42. If only, he made 66 which is very very gettable on this track, they could have won the game! Stop blaming international players and improve your batting method! You're known a better t20 batsman than they are. Chennai have reached this far cos those int. players played well in the league stages! Cant expect this from them in every game!

    Thumps up for the Punjab spinners! They handled the pressure and game better. :)

  • Albert_cambell on May 31, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Dhoni should not forget that he is also a senior in the team and he played a run a ball innings when needed to score 87 off 47 balls. Nice to see Raina and Sehwag are back to their best on these flat tracks.

  • on May 31, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Match was in the hand of CSK. Contribution of the overseas players (Smith, Faf, Mc Cullam David Hussy) made the team to quit from the contest. Raina's 87 in 25 created a feel free foundation and others failed to capitalise it wisely. So to say... CSK didn't lose just they donated the win to King's XI Punjab.

  • Naleendra on May 31, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Dhoni blaming "irresponsible cricket" by "experienced cricketers" is a joke - he is to be blamed most - being one of the games best finishers ever, he kept sending in Jadeja's and Hussey's without him coming in an taking responsibility. Very crappy decision making in the batting order from a very good captain. Blaming others is not the way to go

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 31, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    So Dhoni has pointed fingers at the seniors ? Hmm.. does that also include him ? Cause Dhoni's negative attitude cost CSK this game fair and square. Once Raina departed, Dhoni should have manned up and walked to the crease taking some responsibility. Instead, he sends a jet lagged McCullum, and a clueless David Hussey followed by Jadeja. If the ICC World T20 was a classic display of poor attitude from MS Dhoni, this was takes the cake. I am sick and tired of MSD's negativity and it's time his captaincy goes to someone else in both CSK and Team India. Otherwise, get ready for more losses.

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    It was tragic to see Raina get out in the 7th over. what an innings that was. Just incredible..... But the real problem was to follow. when CSK was at 100/2 in 6.1 overs.... the platform was perfect for Dhoni to go up the order and shepherd the perfect chase and ofcourse he would have done it. But for some time in many key matches Dhoni keeps sending other players out. Yuvraj in the Asia cup and here came Jadeja who laboured / matched stroke for stroke with an off color McCulum and even after that David Hussey walks in. The momentum was by then completely sapped and Dhoni had too much to do after the 12th over with wickets down.... Why Dhoni. Why on earth.....

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Badree should have played. Chennai bowling was plundered twice by Punjab in the tournament going for over 200 runs. They needed to give them a different look but it was the same old tired looking bowling. Ashwin is an over rated runs truck.

  • TRAM on May 31, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Dhoni is absolutely right. The 4 foreign, all batsmen, scored 7+0+11+1 = 19 !!! And in spite of that CSK made a reply of 202!! The worst part is, except Faf, others didn't seem to even try to hit big shots in this batting track.

    Once again CSK (except IPandey and Mohit to some extent) bowled length balls again and again and again .... Will they ever learn? Why cant they bowl outside off close to wide margin full like other bowlers do? Didn't they learn that in WCT20 finals? Why not let the batsmen hit towards point which would only result in 4s mostly?

    If all the sixer deliveries CSK bowled were instead bowled well outside off they would have been 4s instead of 6s. That means the score would have come down by 26 runs and CSK would have won! (Punjab hit 13 sixers).

    Ashwin, should tell Dhoni that he has no solution for hitters like Maxwell so that he can be dropped. Not pose as having dozen tricks up his sleeves. He has nothing.

    Ultimately Punjab were superior and they won.

  • DontMessWithZohan on May 31, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    All those 4 international genuine batsmen not contributing at the same time is a big shame. I never believed in McCullum. He is a player who will destroy the opponent in a game or two - but after then he becomes a liability. I never liked CSK purchasing him.

    After such a great counter-attack from Raina, these players should have batted sensibly to see CSK home. It was only thing left to do. I think it is what David Hussey was purchased for. But it wasn't supposed to be.

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Sending McCullum at that time was a terrible decision. He has been out of form for a while and David Hussey had just had a good innings in the previous game with Raina so either Hussey or Dhoni should have come in. Not only did McCullum run out Raina but also slowed the scoring rate and got himself run out as well. Dhoni can blame others as much as he wants but it was all Dhoni's fault for not coming out earlier.

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Great advert for the game! Loved every twist and turn as well as the power hitting.

  • TRAM on May 31, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    If you know about your bowling spin weakness all these years, why keep selecting them (Ashwin & Jadeja) every time , and even in the Indian team?

  • BarclaysRahul on May 31, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    I can hardly remember the last time Dhoni had strong comments on his team. It was completely refreshing to see him add fume to the emotions of his fans who were already gutted by the loss. On an another day he might have just said - we tried our best, opposition were the better team on the day, just one batsman changed the momentum, its another outing on a flat track - or something in the similar lines!!!

  • BharatNT2IE on May 31, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    What is Dhoni complaining about?Cannot comprehend sure it was a bit irresponsible, but 63 or 4 overs nowadays is not too hard. CSK needed 40 of the last over, that means they got just about 23 runs in the previous 18 balls, MSD strike rate at the beginning of the last over was a mind boggling 102!!!! And he had 6 over to make an impact and when he came in he did not seems to have taken any chance. Ashwin is not at all a bunny , he could easily stike at 110 or more on any day , and they should have coordinated more with 87 or 48 in this day and age it is not hard, and still he could. I have never seen him being hard on himself. I guess the Captain Cool is just Captain Cruel.

  • Karthik2733 on May 31, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Foreign batters let CSK down. Foreign batters combined hit 19 runs in 31 balls.

  • Greatest_Game on May 31, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    The most irresponsible move was made by the captain, & the man thought of as the best finisher in cricket. Dhoni should have been in much earlier, taking responsibility for reviving the chase.

    Raina gave them a winning start. Dhoni did not produce a winning finish.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 31, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    It's MSD fault. After Raina was got out he should have come to bat and carry the team to Final but he let Jadeja and Hussey bat above him and that's where CSK lost the match. Also Macallam is playing very bad against Spin in last 3 months and sending him 2 down was a mistake when spinners were on. The match was in CSK hand but Dhoni did not bat at the right moment. He cannot blame International player for not playing spin well in later half of IPL. It's hard to play spin for them. Dhoni should have gone earlier to bat. It was great match in the making.

  • Dinkepo on May 31, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    What MSD quoted is correct, for both teams all the foreign playes doesn't contributed anything either bowling or fielding meantime indian players dominated so don't under estimate our players, Mac made mistake to Raina run out otherwise definately CSK would have won IPL 2014 cuo

  • on May 30, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    MOM McCullum. Live and let live is the old adage. Today it is run out and be run out. Else CSK would have made it. Kashinath

  • on May 30, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    What an innings by Raina. I was just telling my friend when the score was 100 that I was worried that Raina should not do something stupid to get out and he did the very next ball. Absolutely a risk they should not have taken. If you do not believe in a batsman of the caliber of McCullam, please do not take him into your team. Why that hurry to keep the strike. He would have given Raina the strike anyway. If that run out was avoided, Raina would certainly have brought the RRR to less tha 8.5, which would have helped Dhoni. Dhoni, please do not blame the International Cricketers. Why didn't you come in after Raina was out to take it from there. If one Senior player has to be blamed in this loss, IT IS DHONI.

  • piyer on May 30, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Dear dhoni I am one of your biggest fan and I don't care wheteher you win or lose because you already showed what you are capable of. But now a days some of your strategies nothing but a total mess. Such as... 1. Ashwin is not world class spinner but you still back him for his once in a blue moon performance and same with Jadeja. 2.If rohith sharma first class performance is good let hin only play first class after all he can't stand in international level. 3.Believe in your pace bowlers becauc your spinners wont help you outside SC. 4.Requset your legend Ishant to go back to domestic circuite. 5.Always have four pace bowlers while playing overseas anyway your spinners are not winning you atleast try with four pace bowlers even if result does not pay off it will come good one day. 4. You may not have steyn but you do have Umesh, Aaron, Shami,Bhuvi,Sandeep etc instill self belief in them because we all know what was steyn state when he entered. 5.Atlast U play like test player.

  • DrMHassan on May 30, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Suresh Raina played a scintilating innings and should have been put equal to or even ahead of what Biru did. Raina's 87 from 25 against 122 of 58 of Biru! King's XI captain could only stop Raina by that stunning throw after a sharp turn- only very good luck of can bring this dismissal. Raina will get this opportunity again and this unfortunate Run Out allowed the MOM Biru to have a great return home as he promised for his son and brought back a grand prize for the occassion he was talking about.

  • baghels.a on May 30, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Well dear MSD you need to shoulder the blame yourself going by your choice of your overseas players, you should have chosen Badree and he would come in handy tonight. i don't get it these matches are being played in typical flat batting conditions in India and what different does overseas batters bring to the plate which local Indian batsman can't in these conditions, let this be a lesson not only to CSK but all other franchises... 4 overseas spots are precious and out of four ideally only two should be batters and rest two either a seamer/ace spinner/seam bowling all rounder, today all 4 CKK overseas pros were in some sort of competition to show who performs the worst .i bet some of the the foreign commentators who go on and on that x,y,z foreign should bat in top 5 have gone all quite tonight.Young uncapped Indian batters would be shuddering at the thought of being picked up by CSK at auctions because they are never given a chance , just ask Baba Aparjith and Shankar .

  • Nampally on May 30, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    After Raina's blitz, there was no other guy who kept up his imperious hitting! Dhoni needed to follow Raina to finish the game in grand style. The Foreign players were atrociously poor & 4 of them just contributed 19 runs between them. 4 local players would have performed better! They pay heavily for the Foreign players & when the chips are down they fail to deliver.This should be a lesson for Dhoni to move away from conventional play. Drastic scoring rate needs drastic changes to the batting order. Dhoni was the only guy in CSK who could emulate Raina while keeping control of the batsmen at the other end. Raina's run out + Dhoni not following Raina cost CSK the match- forgetting the 4 Foreign players momentarily. It was good to see the local players from both the sides playing for their teams & producing their best scores. If Sehwag had failed today, KXIP would have been out for <140. He carried KXIP on his shoulders with an outstanding Vintage Sehwag-like innings. Great Show!

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Dhoni, please explain how on earth did you come late to bat? How could you send jadeja and Hussey ahead? It was your responsibility to take the side home after Raina turned it for you. Unbelievable hitting by Raina should had given you enough ammunition to finish by 18th over. By the way, what sort of arrogance is that you do not give any opportunity to youngsters in the team. Your team selection is baffling to many. You did not even try bowling smith when he was handy in few marches at the start of the tournament. Ashwin is now a spent force.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Spot on .............With the exception of a few multidimensional players like Miller & Maxi none of the non Subcontinentl players can safely attack spinners & have limited strokes against them & this proved costly. They have no method to raise run rate against spinners. In order to attack spinners u got to have cross batted straight hit & slog sweep in your repertoire. Look at sehwag he didn't leave his crease even once yet he demolished spinners with very effective croos batted straight hit

  • Longmemory on May 30, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Wow, that is very uncharacteristically blunt of MSD! There is only one player who fits the bill of his critique totally and that is Brendon McCullum. In fact, looking at his comments closely, I think McCullum can kiss his days as a Chennai SuperKings player goodbye. You heard it here first.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Amongst the list of irresponsible seniors, comes the name of M S Dhoni first, who chose to remain at the dugout when he was needed to be at the crease after the fall of a couple of wickets. Instead he chose to send the likes of Jadeja and Hussey who would clearly struggle against quality spin bowling. It's the second time in the series Dhoni sending players like Jadeja before him in cruch chases and paying the prices. So looking at yourself in the mirror can sometimes help as well, dear Captain.

  • LoveTeamIndia on May 30, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Dhoni should have blamed himself first. In spite of conceding 200+ runs to KXIP in two previous games, he did not have a special strategy for the KXIP batsmen. The same bowling unit, the same type of bowling changes etc. Then he sent Jadeja and Hussey ahead of himself while batting. Where was the Dhoni who walked out ahead of Yuvraj and won the game in the 2011 World Cup final?

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  • LoveTeamIndia on May 30, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Dhoni should have blamed himself first. In spite of conceding 200+ runs to KXIP in two previous games, he did not have a special strategy for the KXIP batsmen. The same bowling unit, the same type of bowling changes etc. Then he sent Jadeja and Hussey ahead of himself while batting. Where was the Dhoni who walked out ahead of Yuvraj and won the game in the 2011 World Cup final?

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Amongst the list of irresponsible seniors, comes the name of M S Dhoni first, who chose to remain at the dugout when he was needed to be at the crease after the fall of a couple of wickets. Instead he chose to send the likes of Jadeja and Hussey who would clearly struggle against quality spin bowling. It's the second time in the series Dhoni sending players like Jadeja before him in cruch chases and paying the prices. So looking at yourself in the mirror can sometimes help as well, dear Captain.

  • Longmemory on May 30, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Wow, that is very uncharacteristically blunt of MSD! There is only one player who fits the bill of his critique totally and that is Brendon McCullum. In fact, looking at his comments closely, I think McCullum can kiss his days as a Chennai SuperKings player goodbye. You heard it here first.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Spot on .............With the exception of a few multidimensional players like Miller & Maxi none of the non Subcontinentl players can safely attack spinners & have limited strokes against them & this proved costly. They have no method to raise run rate against spinners. In order to attack spinners u got to have cross batted straight hit & slog sweep in your repertoire. Look at sehwag he didn't leave his crease even once yet he demolished spinners with very effective croos batted straight hit

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Dhoni, please explain how on earth did you come late to bat? How could you send jadeja and Hussey ahead? It was your responsibility to take the side home after Raina turned it for you. Unbelievable hitting by Raina should had given you enough ammunition to finish by 18th over. By the way, what sort of arrogance is that you do not give any opportunity to youngsters in the team. Your team selection is baffling to many. You did not even try bowling smith when he was handy in few marches at the start of the tournament. Ashwin is now a spent force.

  • Nampally on May 30, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    After Raina's blitz, there was no other guy who kept up his imperious hitting! Dhoni needed to follow Raina to finish the game in grand style. The Foreign players were atrociously poor & 4 of them just contributed 19 runs between them. 4 local players would have performed better! They pay heavily for the Foreign players & when the chips are down they fail to deliver.This should be a lesson for Dhoni to move away from conventional play. Drastic scoring rate needs drastic changes to the batting order. Dhoni was the only guy in CSK who could emulate Raina while keeping control of the batsmen at the other end. Raina's run out + Dhoni not following Raina cost CSK the match- forgetting the 4 Foreign players momentarily. It was good to see the local players from both the sides playing for their teams & producing their best scores. If Sehwag had failed today, KXIP would have been out for <140. He carried KXIP on his shoulders with an outstanding Vintage Sehwag-like innings. Great Show!

  • baghels.a on May 30, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Well dear MSD you need to shoulder the blame yourself going by your choice of your overseas players, you should have chosen Badree and he would come in handy tonight. i don't get it these matches are being played in typical flat batting conditions in India and what different does overseas batters bring to the plate which local Indian batsman can't in these conditions, let this be a lesson not only to CSK but all other franchises... 4 overseas spots are precious and out of four ideally only two should be batters and rest two either a seamer/ace spinner/seam bowling all rounder, today all 4 CKK overseas pros were in some sort of competition to show who performs the worst .i bet some of the the foreign commentators who go on and on that x,y,z foreign should bat in top 5 have gone all quite tonight.Young uncapped Indian batters would be shuddering at the thought of being picked up by CSK at auctions because they are never given a chance , just ask Baba Aparjith and Shankar .

  • DrMHassan on May 30, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Suresh Raina played a scintilating innings and should have been put equal to or even ahead of what Biru did. Raina's 87 from 25 against 122 of 58 of Biru! King's XI captain could only stop Raina by that stunning throw after a sharp turn- only very good luck of can bring this dismissal. Raina will get this opportunity again and this unfortunate Run Out allowed the MOM Biru to have a great return home as he promised for his son and brought back a grand prize for the occassion he was talking about.

  • piyer on May 30, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Dear dhoni I am one of your biggest fan and I don't care wheteher you win or lose because you already showed what you are capable of. But now a days some of your strategies nothing but a total mess. Such as... 1. Ashwin is not world class spinner but you still back him for his once in a blue moon performance and same with Jadeja. 2.If rohith sharma first class performance is good let hin only play first class after all he can't stand in international level. 3.Believe in your pace bowlers becauc your spinners wont help you outside SC. 4.Requset your legend Ishant to go back to domestic circuite. 5.Always have four pace bowlers while playing overseas anyway your spinners are not winning you atleast try with four pace bowlers even if result does not pay off it will come good one day. 4. You may not have steyn but you do have Umesh, Aaron, Shami,Bhuvi,Sandeep etc instill self belief in them because we all know what was steyn state when he entered. 5.Atlast U play like test player.

  • on May 30, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    What an innings by Raina. I was just telling my friend when the score was 100 that I was worried that Raina should not do something stupid to get out and he did the very next ball. Absolutely a risk they should not have taken. If you do not believe in a batsman of the caliber of McCullam, please do not take him into your team. Why that hurry to keep the strike. He would have given Raina the strike anyway. If that run out was avoided, Raina would certainly have brought the RRR to less tha 8.5, which would have helped Dhoni. Dhoni, please do not blame the International Cricketers. Why didn't you come in after Raina was out to take it from there. If one Senior player has to be blamed in this loss, IT IS DHONI.