CSK won IPL 2023: MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings won an emotional Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final, defeating the Gujarat Titans in a last-ball thriller to clinch the title for the ‘record-equalling’ 5th time.
The match was held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with the game going past 1.30 am local time on a reserve day following a washout on Sunday. Devon Conway’s 25-ball 47 led the chase for Chennai, with Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube both contributing 27 and 32 runs respectively.
The game was eventually won off the final two balls, with Ravindra Jadeja hitting 10 runs to trigger wild celebrations at the stadium. Along with the team, over 80,000 fans cheered on Dhoni, who had recently said he would take a call on his future later this year.
The veteran captain was supported by his daughter Ziva, who came to give him a big hug after the win. The team and Ziva were also seen lifting the IPL trophy, celebrating the gigantic triumph. In addition, Ambati Rayudu hit a key 19 off eight balls in his last match after announcing his retirement ahead of the final.
Hardik Pandya, who put up a valiant effort in the face of the Chennai Super Kings’ dominance, led Gujarat Titans. The victory also marks the 5th time Chennai has won the IPL title, equaling the record of Mumbai Indians.
With the win, the team and its captain go down in history as one of the most successful IPL teams. The win was celebrated by all cricket fans across the world, who watched as the Chennai Super Kings achieved an emotional victory.