The CSK captain thinks his side lacked focus in their crushing loss to Mumbai in the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni believes the team were not mentally strong enough as they recorded the lowest total in the 2013 IPL during their heavy defeat to Mumbai Indians.
After a run of seven wins in a row it was something of a shock that CSK only made it to the 16th over against Mumbai, as they were bowled out for just 79 runs.
Dhoni and Australian Mike Hussey have been in fine form with the bat so far in the tournament, but even they couldn’t save Chennai from a crushing loss.
“Mentally we were not into this game at all,” the Super Kings captain said on ESPNcricinfo.
“We should have got 140. There was a comedy of errors, especially in the batting department.”
The defeat doesn’t affect Chennai’s position at the top of the table, although it does mean the chasing pack can close the gap on Dhoni’s team to two points with their game in hand.
The CSK leader and head coach Stephen Fleming had discussed the possibility of complacency setting into the team after such a good run of form and it certainly seemed that way in their defeat.
Mumbai’s bowlers ripped through the Super Kings’ batting order and Dhoni had to concede that his franchise simply couldn’t cope.
The team still look like odds on favourites to make the play-offs, but they will be hoping this morale-crushing loss doesn’t signal things to come in their remaining four fixtures.