The Chennai Super Kings completed a fairytale comeback season as the rounded it off with the IPL title, their third when they beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final in Mumbai on Sunday evening by 8 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.
The CSK side who have taken part in nine seasons and made it to the finals seven times rode the brilliant unbeaten century from the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on their way to an 8 wicket win.
The CSK side were initially criticized for the fact that most players were on the wrong side of 30, but with equal contributions from everyone through the campaign and with Watson stealing the show in the final they enthralled one and all in the season gone by as experience bore fruit and Dhoni and men created history.
Speaking after the win at the presentation ceremony, Dhoni said “We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu, for example, is 33, he’s someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn’t matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 – you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings. For example, if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he’ll burst his hamstring and won’t be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there’s no point getting injured for a single.”
While speaking about the numbers involved Dhoni went onto add, “Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats, so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we’ve won it in the end.”
“No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we’ll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate,” he signed off.