Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was dejected after his team’s humiliating 10-wicket defeat against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Match 41 of the Indian Premier League 2020 on Friday.

Nothing went in CSK’s favour as they first got restricted to a below-par 114 for 9 in 20 overs and then couldn’t pick up a single wicket as MI rode on Ishan Kishan (68 not out) and Quinton de Kock’s (46 not out) unbeaten opening partnership to gun down the total in just 12.2 overs.

Dhoni said the entire CSK squad was hurting after their biggest defeat in the IPL while defending a total. (CSK vs MI Highlights, IPL 2020)

“Well it does hurt. What you need to see is what is going wrong, this year hasn’t been our year. In only one or two games this year we have batted and bowled well together.

“Whether you lose by 10 wickets or 8 wickets it hardly matters. All the players are hurting, but they are trying their best. It doesn’t always go your way. Hopefully in the next three games we’ll try to put our last stand,” Dhoni said after the match.

This defeat for the 3-time champions is probably the final nail in CSK’s coffin, who are last on the points table and have a very slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs for the 1st time in 13 years.

“In cricket when you are going through a tough phase, you need a bit of luck to go your way. But in this tournament it hasn’t really gone our way. We haven’t really won the toss, when we are batting second there hasn’t been a lot of dew and when we are batting first all of a sudden there is a lot of dew on the field.

“So it hasn’t gone our way and those are the things you study. Whenever you aren’t doing well there can be a hundred reasons. One of the main things you ask yourself is whether you are playing to your potential. When you put out a playing eleven and judge whether they have done well to justify their stats on paper on the field, I feel this year we have not done that,” Dhoni assessed.

Dhoni also analysed what all that went wrong with CSK’s campaign this year, which is all but over now.

“In cricket when you are going through a tough phase, you need a bit of luck to go your way. But in this tournament it hasn’t really gone our way. We haven’t really won the toss, when we are batting second there hasn’t been a lot of dew and when we are batting first all of a sudden there is a lot of dew on the field. So it hasn’t gone our way and those are the things you study.

“Whenever you aren’t doing well there can be a hundred reasons. One of the main things you ask yourself is whether you are playing to your potential. When you put out a playing eleven and judge whether they have done well to justify their stats on paper on the field, I feel this year we have not done that,” Dhoni said.