MS Dhoni is one of the calmest players on the field, and it’s rare to see him lose his cool. Dhoni was observed fighting with the referees during the 16th over of Qualifier 1 at Chepauk, which halted play for five minutes. We didn’t know what happened, but Dhoni was upset because the umpires wouldn’t let Matheesha Pathirana bowl his second over because the Sri Lankan fast bowler hadn’t been on the field for the appropriate amount of time following a break.
After his first over, the CSK pacer took a nine-minute rest, but he didn’t have to stay on the field for that long before being allowed to bowl again.
Sunil Gavaskar and Simon Doull, who were announcing the game, were unhappy with the mid-game break.
“He didn’t need the 5-minute brawl with the judges. Instead of allowing someone else play, he did nothing but stall the game. “At the end of the game, he might come to regret that,” stated Simon Doull on broadcast.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated GT with a score of 172/7 thanks to Ruturaj Gaikwad’s half-century (60 runs in 44 balls) and Devon Conway’s 40 runs in 34 balls. CSK was able to hold off the Titans and triumph by 15 runs, becoming the inaugural IPL 2023 winner.
“The IPL is too large to dismiss this as just another final.” There were eight top teams previously, but now there are ten. I’m not going to say it’s simply another final. It takes two months of dedicated effort. Everyone has contributed in some way. Yes, the middle order has not got enough opportunities. GT is a fantastic squad that has done an outstanding job of chasing, so the objective was to let them in. “But it was a good coin toss to lose,” remarked Dhoni after the game.