By India Today Sports Desk: Former BCCI president N Srinivasan reckons the exciting last-ball win by Chennai Super Kings over Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 final was a “miracle,” and only the legend MS Dhoni could pull off such a display. Notably, Srinivasan is the Vice-Chairman and MD of India Cements, CSK’s primary sponsor.
India Cements Ltd, situated in Chennai, is the primary sponsor of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. According to the news agency PTI, Srinivasan called the CSK captain and congratulated him and his team on their great victory.
“Fantastic captain. You have done a miracle. Only you can do it. We are proud of the boys and the team,” Srinivasan told Dhoni. He encouraged Dhoni to recuperate after the recent back-to-back games schedule and offered him to visit Chennai with the squad to celebrate the triumph.
“This season has been one where the fans have demonstrated how much they love MS Dhoni. So do we,” Srinivasan, who was overwhelmed by the affection shown by CSK fans, said.
Chennai Super Kings equaled Mumbai Indians’ record of five Indian Premier League (IPL) titles as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side beat champions Gujarat Titans by five wickets in Monday’s rain-affected final in Ahmedabad.
When Gujarat batted, they scored 214 for 4 after their number three hitter, Sai Sudharsan, pounced on a solid start and smashed a fiery 96 off 47 balls, including six sixes.
After a protracted rain delay, Chennai faced high drama while chasing a revised goal of 171 from 15 overs before Ravindra Jadeja sealed their triumph with 10 runs off the final two deliveries. The final was initially set for Sunday, but heavy rain prompted the organisers to reschedule the game for Monday.