Chennai Super Kings scripted the perfect fairytale comeback in Indian Premier League, 2018 by lifting their third IPL title on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings made a remarkable comeback to the Indian Premier League after they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final on Sunday to lift their third IPL title. Chasing a tricky 179 in 20 overs, CSK rode on a sensational knock of 117 runs by Shane Watson to go over the line. Watson struck 117 in 57 balls to guide his team to win.
With the victory, Chennai Super Kings also became the second team in the history of the cash-rich league to win the tournament thrice. Mumbai Indians achieved the feat in last edition when they defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run in the final. Watson talked about his innings after the match and said, “It’s been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball.”
Speaking at the post-match presentation, MS Dhoni addressed the issue surrounding the age and said, “We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu, for example, is 33, he’s someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect.
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Commenting on the numbers game, Dhoni said, “Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats, so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we’ve won it in the end.”
“No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we’ll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate,” he signed off by saying.