Watch: 'Even in school I wasn't good at maths' - MS Dhoni does not want to add pressure by thinking of CSK's chances to qualify to the playoffs of IPL 2022

A typical MS Dhoni post-match chat saw him turn philosophical and ruling out adding pressure on himself and the team by weighing up qualification prospects
MS Dhoni

CSK have won three of their last four matches, but are under pressure to qualify because of their poor start that saw them lose four matches in a row. WIth eight points in 11 games, CSK are above Mumbai Indians and  Kolkata Knight Riders in the points table, but have three more fixtures that they will want to try and win to get to 14 points and enhance their chances to qualify.

CSK play Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals next, but their chances could also depend on how the other teams fare. Asked about this at the post-match presentation after their win against Delhi Capitals, Dhoni chose to go 'philosophical and ruled out adding pressure on himself and the team by thinking of mathematical probabilities.

"One win at a time - even in school I wasn't good at maths. You write your own fortune, no point taking pressure when others are playing. You enjoy IPL, if it happens it happens, what's important is to make most of 3 games. Start planning for next year, you qualify good, if not, it's not end of world," Dhoni said

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CSK went on to complete a big win against Delhi Capitals to give themselves the best chance to qualify for the playoffs, although it seems farfetched at the moment. 

Speaking about the game, Dhoni said, "It would have been better if we would have had a win like this somewhere early. It was a perfect game. The batters did really well. It was a toss where we wanted to win and field first, but in the heart, I was fine to lose the toss. The ball stops and comes, and it behaves only after 13-14 overs. Everybody contributed a bit. Runs on the board really help, and it was important to restrict their big-hitters.

"Both Simarjeet and Mukesh have taken time to mature. They have the capability, the more they play, the better they'll get at game sense. It is ultimately about reading which is a good delivery to bowl and which is a delivery to not bowl. In T20 cricket, it is all about knowing which delivery not to bowl. I don't like going in and hitting straight away. But with only 12 deliveries left, if a few of us contribute with scores of 8 off 2, it helps. But scoring just 2 or 3 runs doesn't help."