Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, have clinched their fourth IPL title. Chennai batted first and scored 192 runs in the first match of the Indian Premier League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. But after a banging start, KKR could only manage 165 runs due to the failure of the middle order. As a result, Chennai won another IPL trophy. The Dhoni-led Super Kings are the second most successful franchise in IPL history after the Mumbai Indians. While Mumbai have won the IPL five times so far, this is Chennai’s fourth championship victory. Many players contributed in their own way to the victory of the team which literally became the ‘hero’ of the team’s victory. (IPL 2021 Final: CSK’s IPL championship knock, KKR’s 27-run knock turned the tide of victory)
Faf du Plessis: The veteran South African opener remained on the pitch for the final ball for Chennai. Du Plessis shared a 61-run stand with opener Ruturaj Gaikwad to lay the groundwork for the team’s big score. On the other hand, he was accompanied by Robin Uthappa and Moin Ali for a long time, so he continued to play big shots freely. On the strength of his performance, Chennai put up a mountain of runs which increased the pressure on the Kolkata batsmen.
Shardul Thakur: Venkatesh Iyer and Shubhaman Gill gave the team a strong start. The two had a 91-run partnership. The duo attacked the Chennai bowler and initially put pressure on him. But in the end, Lord Shardul led Iyer and Nitish Rana to the pavilion in the same over and gave the team a comeback in the match. Even at the crucial moment, Thakur pushed back KKR’s match-winner Rahul Tripathi.
MS Dhoni: The leadership of former India captain MS Dhoni is less than commendable. Mahi has led the initiative as Chennai captain from the beginning. And even in the final match, her old style was seen by everyone once again. Initially, as the team struggled for wickets, he handed the ball over to his most trusted Shardul Thakur, who did not give up and led the team back to the match with two big wickets in a single over. After this, the team showed confidence in the bowlers to keep getting wickets at regular intervals.