Sharjah: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni, who has been out of the IPL playoff race after losing 8 out of 11 matches so far, said that keeping the next year in mind, the youth will be given a chance in the remaining 3 matches.
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After the 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians, Dhoni said, ‘Such a performance hurts. We have to see where the mistake happened. This was not our year. Whether you lose by 8 wickets or by 10 wickets, it does not matter, but it remains to be seen where we are at the moment in the tournament and this makes us sad.
He said, ‘We had to see from the second match where we were wrong. Rayudu was injured and the rest of the batsmen were unable to give their 200 percent. Luck also did not support us. In the matches where we wanted to bat first, we could not win the toss. When we bat first, there was dew.
The captain of the 3-time champion team said, ‘A hundred excuses can be given for poor performance, but the most important thing is that we have to ask ourselves if we can play to the best of our ability. Have we played according to our record so far? No. We tried, but did not succeed.
Dhoni said that it is very important to have a clear picture for the next year. He said, ‘Next year there will be many ifs and buts. Young players will be tested in the coming three matches. Keeping the next year in mind, we will see who can bowl well in the death overs and who can withstand the pressure of batting. New faces will be tried in the next three matches’