Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has lamented a disappointing 2020 Indian Premier League campaign.
The Super Kings currently occupy last position in the 2020 IPL's eight-team standings. They have won just three matches in 10 attempts. Their most recent defeat was to the Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
“We tried a few things – that is one thing you don't want to do, you don't want to do too many chopping and changes because what really happens is after three to four, or five, games you are not really sure about anything,” Dhoni told Star Sports.
“So you want to give guys a fair go. Then if you are not performing, you switch and go back to somebody else and then you give him the same kind of run. Insecurity is something that you don't really want to prevail in the dressing room.
“This season, we were not really there. And, also, there were a few chances to the youngsters and maybe we didn't see the kind of spark that they could have given us to say, okay, push out the experienced guy and maybe make some space for the youngsters.
“You always try to address things. It is not always supposed to go your way. That's why what you try to see, going back to the process and seeing whether the process is wrong or maybe we were not able to execute, how the performance was on the field. Result is always the byproduct of the process so we keep going back to that.”
Fleming Agrees with Dhoni
Chennai have won the IPL three times – in 2010, 2011 and 2018. They have also lost five finals. The franchise, this season, has all but been ruled out of contention for a fourth title.
“It's pretty down to be honest and it's fair enough, too. We have come close in a couple of games, but here we were thoroughly outplayed,” added head coach Stephen Fleming.
“We knew it was a crucial game to stay in the competition and outside chance to probably get through. But when you're relying on other results and change of form for your own team, it's very hard to be upbeat and positive.”