Jaipur: Mahendra Singh Dhoni doesn’t like to waste a lot of time on the cricket pitch, be it with the bat or behind the wickets. But as Jos Buttler displayed nerves of steel on Friday with a match-winning knock of 95 runs to help Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 6 wickets, a strange incident occurred just before the final over.
After taking the catch of Krishnappa Gowtham off a delivery by David Willey on the final ball of the 19th over, MS Dhoni made his to the dugout, without realising a final over was still remaining, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
The CSK wicket-keeper batsman soon rushed back to the field to resume action and with 12 needed off the final over, Buttler steered the Royal Blues over the line.
Unhappy with the defeat, the CSK skipper lashed out at his bowlers for failing to do the job in the death overs.
"I think it is the bowling. We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl. That back of the length was a difficult one to hit. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length. What really happens is once you are told what to bowl, you need to be bowling to that area. They need to commit and execute. It is not the planning but the execution that goes haywire. That was a par score or a par plus score. I think the bowlers let us down to some extent" Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.
While at the crease, Buttler kept losing partners at the others end. The game slowed down and it looked as the visitors were making a comeback into the game. But the Englishman was dropped twice and he made the opposition pay the price.
"Looking at the XI that we have on the field, we did well in the field. We can say we can get better, but with the players we have, this is the best we can get. It is important to start delivering when it comes to the planning part," Dhoni added.
Placed at the second spot with 14 points, requiring one more victory to book a place into the playoffs, the veteran cricketer said that winning games mattered more than qualifying.
"You just don't want to qualify into the knockout stages, you have to win games. You also need to adjust to what length to bowl and how to bowl," he continued....