IPL 2020, CSK vs SRH: MS Dhoni says he was unable to time the ball and tried to “hit too hard”


His side fell short again despite being in the fold, MS Dhoni said he tried to hit the ball too hard when timing the ball was a better option against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match on Friday. CSK chased at 165 to win and lost by seven points, skipper Dhoni remaining unbeaten with 47 of 36 balls. He went after the bowlers too late.

“I wasn’t able to keep a lot of deliveries in the middle. I tried to hit it too hard. If the wicket is a little on the slower side, it’s better to time it. Looking at the outfield it came. unconsciously towards us to hit the ball, difficult, ”said Dhoni after his team’s third loss in four games.

Asked about his struggles towards the end as he seemed to have lost steam in scorching heat, Dhoni said, “I tried to get as much time as possible. It’s pretty dry in here. So the throat gets dry and you start coughing. If your legal you can take some time off. ‘

Dhoni made three changes to his game XI, but was unable to stop the slide. He recognized that they need to find solutions.

“Long time ago we lost three in a row. We have to do a lot of things right. It’s the professionalism. We have to take our catches, not bowl-no-balls. Those are controllable and maybe we’ll get relaxed too,” said he.

“We were a bit too relaxed now and then. After the 16th we had two good overs, but overall we could have been a little better.”

“Nobody wants to drop catches, but at the same level we have to draw a line and call these catches to be taken, especially if the team hasn’t done that very well,” he said referring to spilled opportunities when SRH’s Abhishek Sharma was hitting .

“Catches that these can hinder your knockout stage games. It’s very important to be at your best. There are a lot of positives in this game, but we’ll try to come back strong.”

SRH skipper David Warner took a big gamble by asking 18-year-old Abdul Samad to throw the final when CSK needed 28 runs. The Australian defended his decision.

“I supported him (Samad). I had no choice. We tried to kill the game in the 19th with Khaleel there with five balls to bowl. Could have given it to Abhishek, but Samad with his height and the way he got tonight. bowling, he had to throw the last one, ”Warner said.

He also praised Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma for their gritty batter under pressure.


“It’s my message to the youngsters to go out and score some runs. These guys judged the conditions and played well, so really proud of them.”

SRH will then play Mumbai Indians, while CSK will face Kings XI Punjab on October 4.

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