Chennai Super Kings Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Takes Sarcastic Jibe at his Bowlers
Mahendra Singh expressed his frustration over Chennai Super Kings' bowlers as they conceded a 200-plus total to Kings XI Punjab for the third time in the tournament, eventually losing by 24 runs in the Qualifier on Friday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sarcastic in his criticism of the Chennai Super Kings bowlers as they were knocked out of the IPL after losing the Qualifier 2 to Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai on Saturday. (KXIP vs CSK: As it Happened)
Punjab yet again buried CSK under a mountain of runs, scoring a mammoth 226 for six. It is third time that Punjab scored more than 200 runs against CSK. (Match Report)
"I had the belief in my bowling that they will let them score more than 200 runs. But we need to give them (Punjab) credit, they batted well," Dhoni said. (How Sehwag fulfilled his son's dream)
Dhoni said they surely had a chance to win after Suresh Raina came up with a stunning knock of 87.
"It was something we could have achieved, the reason for that is the way Suresh batted."
"One of the facts is one of our retained players, Dwayne Bravo we lost at the start itself, but we still made the playoffs, we did really well in the tournament," he added.
Virender Sehwag, who tormented the CSK bowlers and set up the win of his side with a 58-ball 122 said Sachin Tendukar advised him to spend more time at the crease.
"I was hitting the ball well throughout. I had a chat with master also, Sachin Tendulkar. He said your hands are going well just a matter of one innings, just stay there and put the conscious effort to stay till the 10-12th over, everything will be alright," Sehwag said.
Asked about determination in his eyes to score, Sehwag said,"I promised someone that there is one innings I have to play, maybe it will come in the playoffs, today is Ness Wadia's birthday, I told him I will give him the best birthday gift ever. And whenever I got out, my son kept telling me, 'papa you are not scoring runs,' I told him hold on, there is still time."
Punjab skipper George Bailey praised both Sehwag and Raina for their superb batting efforts.
"What an innings from Viru, set the platform, backed up by Miller at the end, almost overshadowed by Suresh's innings. We have seen two extraordinary innings tonight."
Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said, "To beat a team like CSK thrice in a season is an achievement for us, our team showed great character, especially after CSK scored 100 in six overs."