Chennai Super Kings etched their names in the annals of cricketing history with a remarkable win over Gujarat Titans in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Securing a resounding victory against the defending champions, Chennai lifted their fifth IPL trophy. Even though skipper MS Dhoni suffered a rare golden duck during the run chase, his significant contribution throughout the tournament played a pivotal role in their title triumph.
Dhoni has been at the helm of Chennai Super Kings since their inception in 2008. Under his captaincy, Chennai has emerged victorious in the IPL on five occasions. The 41-year-old veteran has undeniably left an indelible impact on the tournament and is set to leave behind a lasting legacy.
Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri echoed similar sentiments, highlighting Dhoni’s remarkable fitness and the adoration he receives from Chennai fans as a testament to his greatness.
“Playing 250 IPL matches is a testament to MS Dhoni’s fitness. No one can match the kind of legacy Dhoni is going to leave behind in this tournament. He is called Thala by the whole of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. The love and adulation a guy from Jharkhand receives down south from fans of CSK is testimony to the greatness of this cricketer,” remarked Ravi Shastri in an interview with Star Sports.
In the title-deciding match, Gujarat Titans won the toss and elected to bat first. Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, and Sai Sudharsan showcased their brilliance in the first innings, amassing impressive runs to propel Gujarat to a daunting total of 214 runs.
Gill contributed 39 runs off 20 balls, Saha crafted a valuable 54 runs off 39 balls, and Sudharsan played a stunning knock of 96 runs off just 47 deliveries. In response, Chennai faced a revised target of 171 runs in 15 overs due to the DLS method. Through a brilliant batting performance, Chennai successfully chased down the target, clinching the victory by five wickets and securing their status as five-time champions.
As the celebrations begin in Chennai, the spotlight remains on MS Dhoni and his immense contribution to the success of Chennai Super Kings. His unmatched fitness and the admiration he garners from fans across the nation epitomize his stature as a legendary cricketer.