The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) played their final home league game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season on Sunday night at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai or Chepauk. There were many tears shed during the game. Despite the fact that the four-time champions were defeated by the Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in match number 61, CSK captain MS Dhoni led the entire team on a lap around the Chepauk stadium after the game to thank the supporters for their support throughout the season.
One fan asked if this would be the final time legendary captain MS Dhoni played in front of the Chepauk fans, given that it’s unclear whether he’ll be back to lead the team in 2024. Sunil Gavaskar, India’s previous captain, took advantage of the occasion by requesting a special autograph from Dhoni.
Dhoni was seen signing Gavaskar’s name on his shirt in a video that went popular on social media. Despite the fact that Qualifier 1 and Eliminator are scheduled to take place at the same location, CSK is yet to confirm a playoff spot after losing to KKR on Sunday night.
Gavaskar later revealed that he borrowed a pen after learning that CSK was going to hold a lap of honor following the game. The legendary India opener hailed Dhoni for his contributions to Indian cricket.
“Who isn’t smitten by him? Over the years, he has done a lot of excellent things for Indian cricket. What matters most is the type of person he has been. Many young people look up to him. Thank you very much; I borrowed a pen from you. “I kept it with me as soon as I heard they were going on a lap,” he explained on the Star Sports network.
Dhoni, on the other hand, only scored two runs in his most recent home league encounter at Chepauk, where CSK were reduced to 144 for 6 after batting first. However, Dhoni stated that the dew reduced the effectiveness of the CSK bowlers and that the team needed to score more than 180 runs to have a chance in the match.
“As soon as we threw the first pitch in the second inning, we knew we needed 180 runs.” But we couldn’t get a 180 on that pitch. The dew made a significant effect in the second inning. Nobody on our team is actually to blame.” “It was just that the weather had a big effect on the game,” Dhoni explained after the game.