' This is CSK's 11th season of IPL and if the team does not reach the playoffs, it will be the first time that CSK's team will not reach the next round. With the latest defeat, their chances of making it to the playoffs is also effectively over.
On Sunday, the CSK faced a humiliating 7-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their 10th group-stage clash.
The captain of Chennai Super Kings fell short of the crease in a must-win match against Rajasthan Royals. It turned out to be an excellent day for Buttler, who sent back Faf du Plessis with an incredible catch earlier in the day.
Chennai has its own problems, skipper MS Dhoni looks completely out of touch and on top of that, injury woes keep the team tweaking its options. With Rajasthan pacer Jofra Archer fumbling the ball at long-off, Dhoni made a decision to run the second run.
In reply, Royals were off to a disastrous start and found themselves three down for just 28 inside the powerplay.
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RR lost the wickets of Ben Stokes (19), Robin Uthappa (4), and Sanju Samson (0) with just 28 runs on board. However, Buttler's blistering 70 not out snatched a much-needed win for his side. Meanwhile captain Smith, supported Buttler at the other end with a slow 26 off 34.
The latest defeat has once again put CSK's odd selections in the spotlight. I was a part of that team in 2015, for them, players are very important.
Earlier, CSK won the toss and batted in a match that was Dhoni's 200th in the IPL; he thus became the first player to reach 200. He also insisted that the team-management did not really see the "spark" to back the young players as he defended the selections in the ongoing competition.
Srikanth raging on Dhoni, asked- What spark was seen in Chawla and Jadhav? "The result is a by-product of the process, but the fact still remains that if you're focused on the process, then the undue pressure of result doesn't enter the dressing room". "We are trying to deal with it". You don't want to chop and change.
"It's pretty down (morale in the dressing room) to be honest". It's fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren't there. "Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure", he added. "And now you say let's see if youngsters have sparks".