The Chennai Super Kings team became the first runner-up of IPL 2023. CSK, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, defeated the defending champions Gujarat Titans by 15 runs in Qualifier-1 on May 23 and confirmed their place in the final. . Last season i.e. IPL 2022, Chennai team was at number 9 on points table. Meanwhile, former Indian player and BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly hailed the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Chennai Super Kings qualified for the playoffs by winning 8 out of 14 league games under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One team match was inconclusive in the league phase. After this, the team played the Qualifier-1 against Gujarat Titans taking the second place in the points table and got the ticket for the final.
Speaking on Dhoni’s captaincy, Sourav Ganguly said: “This experienced player showed how big matches are won. Dhoni and his team have performed brilliantly this season. Dhoni did wonders in his captaincy.
From Chennai, young players like Mathisha Pathirana, Mahish Teekshana, Shivam Dubey and Tushar Deshpande performed brilliantly. At the same time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself also appeared with good pace. While batting, Dhoni scored 104 runs in 11 innings at an average of 34.67 and a strike rate of 185.71. In this, his highest score was 32 not out. At the same time, 10 sixes have been seen off Dhoni’s bat on the season.
Apart from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings, Sourav Ganguly praised the young players who have performed brilliantly this season. Dada said, “Rinku Singh played well, Dhuvar Mackerel played well and Yashasvi Jaiswal also played brilliantly. Jitesh Sharma played well for Punjab Kings and Tilak Verma and Suryakumar Yadav played well for Mumbai. IPL is a great tournament and it has done exceptionally well.