IPL 2020, CSK vs SRH: ‘What if this was a knockout game?’ MS Dhoni calls for ‘professionalism’ from CSK workforce

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Things haven’t gone to plan for Chennai Super Kings within the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Even earlier than the beginning of the season, CSK have been placed on the backfoot as two key players Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh determined to not take part within the event this yr on account of individual causes. Even although CSK began properly with a win over Mumbai Indians, their campaign has tethered off in the previous couple of matches.

The MS Dhoni-led facet has now misplaced three consecutive matches in IPL 2020 and CSK are actually languishing on the backside place within the IPL factors desk. There have been issues within the batting division after Raina’s departure however points have been compounded by a lacklustre effort within the field by CSK.

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After stumbling to a seven-run loss towards Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Dhoni admitted that the facet have been repeating the identical errors and dropped chances are high hampering their possibilities.

CSK fielders have been sloppy within the field. Abhishek received dropped twice within the 18th over, first by Ravindra Jadeja after which by Shardul Thakur. The former Indian skipper asserted that there are lots of positives from the sport and the facet will make a robust comeback.

“Long time back, we may or may not have lost three in a row. We have to get a lot of things right. It’s the professionalism — dropping catches, bowling no-balls. We’re making the same mistakes again,” mentioned Dhoni.

“After the 16th over, we had two bad overs. Overall we could have been slightly better. Nobody wants to drop catches, but at this level, you have to draw a line that these catches have to be taken. Catches like these can really hamper your knockout games. What if this was a knockout game? There are many positives in this game. A few areas to improve and we’ll come back stronger,” he added.

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SRH teen Priyam Garg displayed a surprising efficiency towards CSK. Priyam and Abhishek Sharma had rescued SRH from a disastrous begin and enabled SRH to submit 164 runs in 20 overs. Priyam smashed 51 runs in simply 26 balls whereas Abhishek made a gutsy 31 after witnessing a foul begin.

However, CSK fell seven runs in need of the goal and Dhoni admitted that he was not in a position to center the ball early within the innings.

“I was not able to middle a lot of deliveries, maybe trying to hit the ball too hard. Looking at the outfield, it was subconscious. I’m alright, the throat begins to dry in these conditions,” mentioned Dhoni throughout the post-match presentation by way of host broadcaster Star Sports.

CSK will subsequent lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.

(with ANI inputs)

[Attribution HT]

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