MS Dhoni is already a legend among Indian captains, but he continued his outstanding performance in the IPL 2023. He led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their 10th T20 league final in 14 seasons by defeating table-toppers and defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) by 15 runs in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday. However, it was Dhoni and CSK’s final season game at their beloved MA Chidambaram Stadium, or Chepauk, and the audience was left wondering if they would see their favorite captain in “yellow” again next season.
Commentator Harsha Bhogle asked Dhoni the “big” question at the post-game program, and Dhoni left the door open for a return to CSK next season. “I’m not sure; I’ve got 8 to 9 months to think about it.” I have plenty of time to make a decision. The sale will take place in December. I’ll continue to visit CSK.” “I haven’t been home since January and have been practicing since March, so we’ll see,” Dhoni remarked following his team’s win over GT on Monday night.
CSK’s captain stated that this was not “just another” final because there are now ten teams instead of eight. CSK finished seventh in the IPL 2022, thus making the final again for the four-time champions is a significant improvement.
“There are no longer eight teams. It’s significantly more difficult with ten teams. Two months of effort Our boys demonstrated a lot of heart. Everyone has contributed. Yes, the middle order hasn’t had many opportunities, but they’ve helped us get to the final,” Dhoni added.
Hardik Pandya won the toss for GT and urged CSK to bat first at the Chepauk. After Chennai batted first, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 50 runs and Devon Conway scored 40 runs to assist the team reach 172 for 7. Then, Dhoni led his team to a 157-run victory over Gujarat, giving them their maiden IPL victory over them.
“You look at the wicket and the weather and keep changing the field.” I’m a horrible captain because I constantly adjust the game. It can be annoying, but I believe in my instincts. “That’s why I keep telling the fielders to watch me,” Dhoni explained.