IPL 2018: MS Dhoni sees the positive angle to MI defeat

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni sees the positive angle to MI defeat

Chennai are currently the holders of the top position in the points table.

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Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni in action. (Photo by IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been stupendous thus far in the eleventh edition of the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL). They have been a force to reckon with and are deservingly the holders of the top position in the league table. They commenced with a resounding victory against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and has followed up with some thumping performances.

Nevertheless, yesterday, they had been brushed aside by the same Mumbai at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Chennai racked up a competitive score after which the visitors chased the target down with a couple of balls to spare. However, MS Dhoni, the skipper of CSK, hasn’t looked ruffled by the defeat. Rather, he highlighted the usefulness of such losses.

The positives for MS Dhoni

“Losses like these make you humble. If you keep winning, you don’t know the areas you’ve to work hard. It’s a good game, gives us an idea of what we should do in such situations: whether we need to score 20 runs more. It’s still early in the competition,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by India Today.

“It’s important to realise what went wrong. Losses like these make you learn a lot. We’ve relied on brilliant individual performances, but here we were 10-15 short,” he added.

Dhoni’s men will next play the Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the same venue and would be hoping to make amends for a rather disappointing show against Rohit Sharma’s team. Dhoni’s words were logical enough as defeats help a team to identify the chinks in the armour.

More than the victories, the dominance exhibited by the franchise has grabbed the eyeballs. The team also boasts of the best net-run-rate among all the other oppositions, which makes them the firm favourites to qualify for the playoffs. Meanwhile, CSK can’t afford to be complacent as the tournament moves into the business end.

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