MS Dhoni comments on CSK losing IPL 2019 Final vs MI: Reveals reasons for loss in IPL Final vs MI and how they would correct it
MS Dhoni’s run-out at a crucial juncture in the chase vs MI tilted the game into MI’s favour, as if Dhoni would have been at the crease during that last over vs Malinga, things could have panned out very differently.
Shane Watson marshalled the troops for a second IPL final in a row, playing a long hand and almost taking CSK over the line. However, some hesitation in that run-out with Jadeja, meant that the task of finishing the game was left to Shardul Thakur.
He managed to take it to the last ball, where he would have been expected to knock off those 2 runs and win the game for CSK. But when you have Lasith Malinga dishing out the last ball, things have to be in the balance with respect to predictions of the result.
And the champion Sri Lankan bowler held his nerve and managed to get Sharduk Thakur plumb in front to send MI fans in a state of frenzy.
So many emotions, so many key moments; the IPL 2019 Final has to be one of the best ever finals.
MS Dhoni was a little critical of CSK’s performance today and how the middle order did not quite live up to expectations all through. Dhoni pointed out that how the bowlers all through the season helped them stay in the hunt.
He emphasised that CSK needs to go back to the drawing board and figure things for themselves after the 2019 World Cup.
“As a team we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect on how we reached the finals. It’s not one of those years where we played really great cricket to reach here. The middle order wasn’t great, and in IPLs it is very funny as to how both these teams are only passing on the trophies from one team to the other.” MS Dhoni said.
“Both teams made a lot of mistakes, they made one lesser mistake. I think the bowlers did really well for us, even today it was definitely more than an 150 wicket. They kept performing and kept getting wickets whenever needed. Whenever they restricted the opposition to a low score, somebody stepped up with thet bat, chipped in and that’s how we’ve won most of our games. We have to go to our drawing board, and there is no real time for that now. We need to go into the World Cup and after that we need to see the gaps that we can fill. Nothing against the bowlers, it’s the batsmen who need to step up. [Will he be there in the next season?] Hopefully yes.” he added.