Dhoni vows changes after season of failures
Published: 05:34 PM, 24 October 2020
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that CSK will be forced into major changes after a humiliating defeat to their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians. Dhoni’s team suffered a crushing 10-wicket loss in Friday’s clash.
Mumbai and Chennai, both huge spenders on international stars, are now at opposite ends of the eight-team table. Mumbai are strong candidates for a fifth title while Dhoni’s side are virtually certain to miss the playoffs.
Chennai could manage only 114 for nine, and Mumbai chased it down in 12.2 overs without losing a wicket.
“Whenever you’re not doing well, there can be a hundred reasons, but one of the main things you ask yourself is whether you’ve played to the potential you’ve got, no matter the conditions,” Dhoni said.
And this year we haven’t. Cumulatively there have been batting failures, he added.
Chennai have been dubbed “Dad’s Army” by the media because of their use of over-35 players including Dhoni, Shane Watson, and Faf du Plessis. That will now change.
Dhoni, 39, who retired from international cricket in August, said young players will be blooded for the remaining three games.
“I think it’s important for us to have a clear picture of next year. There are lots of ifs and buts the auction, where the venues will be. The coming three games will be an ideal opportunity to give platforms,” said Dhoni.
“See some of the youngsters in preparation for next year, see who will bat and who bowls at the death and soaks the pressure.”
Watson was dropped for the Mumbai game but South African Imran Tahir, 41, played his first match of the season.
Dhoni, once of the game’s best finishers but who took more than a year off after India’s elimination from the World Cup, has been slammed for his go-slow approach this season.