Ranchi, May 23: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni wants to keep his team's big hitters out of the game and has called the batsmen to "play sensibly" in the IPL 2015 final against Mumbai Indians tomorrow (May 24).
After reaching the IPL final for a record 6th time last night (May 22), CSK skipper Dhoni did not hide his disappointment with some of the big hitting batsmen in the side.
Maybe this message was aimed at Suresh Raina, who perished going for a big shot. The left-hander departed for a 2-ball duck against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) yesterday in Qualifier 2.
Chasing 140 to win against RCB, CSK almost messed it up before winning on the penultimate ball for the loss of 7 wickets to book a spot in the final.
In the post-match presentation, Ravi Shastri, referring to the close contest, mentioned that the team had a "good work out before the final."
Dhoni, who was one of the key players in last night's victory with 26, said it was not only important to entertain the crowd but was crucial to plan the run chase well.
"We have the habit of playing almost all the games. That has been the case. But I think We have improved with each and every game. We have had few off games. But in the final it is important to keep the big hitters out of the game and play sensibly," Dhoni said.
"(We have to) play according to what is really needed. Because, at times we have seen, we have played a few big shots that were not really needed at that point. Especially when you are chasing you need to score what the opposition has scored. You don't need 10 runs more than what they have scored.
"Even if you win in the 19th over, it is fair enough. That is one area where we have to improve. I know it is all about entertaining the crowd but at the end of the day if you need to score 140 runs chasing, you only need to score 140. You need not hit a six of every ball and get to 145," Dhoni added.
The wicketkeeper-batsman might not have been pleased with his batsmen when the score was 61/3 in 9.4 overs. Raina played a reckless shot, trying to clear the boundary on the second ball he faced from Yuzvendra Chahal. He was caught by David Wiese at long-off.
After this early trouble, Dhoni and Michael Hussey (56) joined hands to put CSK back on track and later they won.