PV Sports Desk : Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted on Monday that Chennai Super Kings have not lived up to their billing this Indian Premier League season after the three-time winners were outclassed by Rajasthan Royals.
Chennai skipper Dhoni’s 200th match in the Twenty20 tournament turned out to be a damp squib as his team lost by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi to slip to the bottom of the eight-team table.
Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 70 and disciplined bowling helped the Steve Smith-led Royals dominate the game after being put into field first.
“It’s fair enough, this season we weren’t there,” a disappointed Dhoni said after Chennai’s seventh loss from 10 matches.
“Also there were few chances to the youngsters and maybe we didn’t see the kind of spark that they could have given us to say okay, to push (out) the experienced guys, and maybe make space for them (youngsters).”
Dhoni, 39, said his team, dubbed as the “Dad’s Army” by the media, will give the youngsters a go in the remaining games of the league as Chennai still have an outside chance to progress to the play-offs.