CSK won qualifier 1 against the table toppers GT by 15 runs and they are now set to play the final in Ahmedabad on May 28. MS Dhoni led their team to the 10th final in 14 seasons and they will look to win their 5th title in IPL 2023.
AB de Villiers, the South African legend has praised MS Dhoni’s captaincy and his tactics. He also analyzed the presence of MS Dhoni on the cricket field and feel that there is an intimidating factor in his presence.
Way to the finals for CSK in IPL 2023
CSK finished 2nd last in IPL 2022 with just 4 wins in 14 games. But they showed why they are one of the most successful franchises in IPL history.
MS Dhoni came back as full-time captain after last year and led the team to the IPL 2023 finals. It’s the 10th time CSK is playing the final in 14 seasons. Last year, the captaincy was given to Ravindra Jadeja. Although, he leaves that role in the middle of the tournament.
CSK didn’t start the IPL 2023 campaign well. They lost their first game against GT by 5 wickets. But after that, they were brilliant throughout the tournament and finished in the top 2 of the points table.
CSK vs GT, Qualifier 1
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Before that, Chennai Super Kings hasn’t won a single game against Gujarat Titans. Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl first. Losing the toss turned out to be a good one for CSK. Their openers started off really well and added 87 runs for the first wicket inside 11 overs.
After the first wicket partnership, the runs slowed down. The pitch’s slower side made it difficult for the CSK batters to score quickly.
CSK scored a decent total of 172 on the board with Ravindra Jadeja’s cameo of 22 off 16 balls and a few shots from Rayudu and Moeen Ali.
GT didn’t have a big partnership in a run chase
When Gujarat came out to chase, they lost two wickets inside the powerplay including captain Hardik Pandya. Shubman was the only batter who spend some time at the wicket. But he was not as fluent as he was throughout the IPL 2023.
At one stage, GT was 98 for 6 and the total was looking very far. Then comes Rashid Khan who played a few shots. But that was not enough to get the team over the line.
CSK won the game and will now play their 10th final in IPL history.
MS Dhoni, the captain has been phenomenal over the years
Over the years, we have witnessed how MS Dhoni expertly handled his team, winning many titles for them, whether in international cricket or the IPL. He handled his troops very well and brings the best out of them.
He is generally very cool and calm while captaining the side. And his tactics are very spot on. MS Dhoni has won 3 ICC titles for Team India and 4 for CSK in the IPL. He also won a few Champions League titles for CSK as well. That is a very big thing and MS Dhoni has played a very big role in all of these achievements.
AB de Villiers was full of praise for MS Dhoni
AB de Villiers, a legend himself has praised MS Dhoni’s presence on the field. He also says that MS Dhoni concentrates on small things and that’s what makes him so successful in the shortest format.
AB said on Jio Cinema- “I feel there is an intimidating factor. Opposition teams arrive thinking they have to play extraordinary cricket to beat them, whether it’s the ground or the MSD factor. But when you look at the scoreboard, you tend to lose by small margins. It’s 10 or 15 runs, being no-ball free, it’s small things that turn a game upside down. MSD and his troops tend to get it right, when they play at home, when they play in big Finals, you’ll see what they come up with.”
Hardik Pandya also said about MS Dhoni’s captaincy
GT’s captain Hardik Pandya also praised MS Dhoni’s captaincy after the loss in qualifier 1. When asked in the post-match presentation, he mentioned how well MS uses his bowlers.
“That’s the beauty about him (Dhoni), with his mind and the way he uses the bowlers, he’ll make sure that you’ll feel like he’s adding 10 runs” – Hardik said after the loss in the 1st qualifier.
Will MS Dhoni play next year as well?
When asked about his retirement plans, MS Dhoni said- “I don’t know, I have 8-9 months to decide. The small auction will be around December so why take that headache now? I have ample time to decide. I’ll always be there for CSK, whether it’s in playing form or sitting somewhere outside, I don’t really know. Frankly, it takes a heavy toll, I have been out of home since January, and have been practicing since March, it takes a lot, so we will see, I have ample time to decide,” Dhoni mentioned in the post-match presentation.”
Let’s see if MS Dhoni will lead their team to the 5th IPL title. Either MI or GT will play in the finals. CSK will wait and see who will come out well in the 2nd qualifier.
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