IPL 7: Mahendra Singh Dhoni tears into experienced international players (read: Brendon McCullum)

McCullum was involved in two run outs including that of Raina — a wicket that turned the game on its head.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: May 31, 2014 7:38 pm

In a veiled attack at his teammate Brendon McCullum, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sought to place the blame of the qualifier defeat on the “experienced international cricketer”, saying that said batsman played very irresponsibly.

McCullum, who made just 11 runs off 16 balls, was involved in two run outs including that of Suresh Raina — a wicket that turned the game on its head.

“I think definitely it (227) was something we could have achieved, the reason being Suresh the way he batted, I think in the middle overs there was some very irresponsible cricket by some of the most experienced international cricketers, so I think definitely we need to have a look,” Dhoni said in the post-match comments.

The Chennai skipper was also sarcastic in his criticism of the bowlers. Punjab yet again buried CSK under a mountain of runs, scoring a mammoth 226 for six.

“I had the belief in my bowling that they will let them score more than 200 runs. But we need to give them (Punjab) credit, they batted well,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni said they surely had a chance to win after Suresh Raina came up with a stunning knock of 87. “It was something we could have achieved, the reason for that is the way Suresh batted. One of the facts is one of our retained players, Dwayne Bravo, we lost at the start itself, but we still made the playoffs, we did really well in the tournament,” he added.

Punjab skipper George Bailey praised both Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina for their superb batting efforts. “What an innings from Viru, set the platform, backed up by Miller at the end, almost overshadowed by Suresh’s innings. We have seen two extraordinary innings tonight.”

Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said, “To beat a team like CSK thrice in a season is an achievement for us, our team showed great character.”

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  1. P
    Jun 1, 2014 at 2:34 am
    Dhoni is a faltu leader who has no on-field gameplan; master of blaming others - if he didn't have great matchwinners like Virat, Sehwag, the average record he has as a captain would have been shameful. His CSK chelas have ususally failed India in national side too.
    1. G
      May 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm
      Finally the veneer of Captain Cool cracks.An ordinary guy will always find someone to blame.
      1. J
        Jay Effkay
        May 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm
        mcculllum was atrociousYou dont hesitate and run out the guy who is in the form of his lifeHe should be ashamed of his play... He is badly out of form as well...Wont be surprised if he doesnt get an invite back....FLeming loves him, but he isnt very good anymore
        1. N
          Jun 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm
          After knowing what happened with Bon, Dhoni should have come down to bat, taken responsibility on him. coming in at 6 or 7 and blaming middle order is not the best expected out of such highly thought captain.More over, as the person who can handle pressure, dhoni should have come in at 3 atleast. Nevertheless, it was a bad show from CSK altogether. I wouldn't except Raina since he lost his wicket instea of going back to the crease and letting Bon get run out. He knew his form. Being the best sportsman matters, not just a man!
          1. J
            Jun 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm
            Luck doesn't favour u all times..live in real world and experience the pain ...then u will know.stead luck..luck..for all the winning matches in series or the cups..grow up..it's their hard work ..appreticate them for their efforts.. Don't underestimate others capacity.he did is job at the end...notout andsingle handedly to his best fighting...
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