30th May, 2023, Mumbai: In a thrilling culmination of IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings emerged victorious over Gujarat Titans in an electrifying final held in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, May 30. However, amidst the celebrations, an intriguing sight caught the attention of onlookers—MS Dhoni, hindered by his suspect knee, refrained from dashing onto the pitch. Nevertheless, the entire CSK dugout erupted with joy, rushing towards the man of the hour, Ravindra Jadeja, who sealed the victory with a decisive stroke.
When Chennai Super Kings claimed the IPL championship in 2021, MS Dhoni simply acknowledged the achievement with a thumbs-up before heading to the dugout. In stark contrast, their fifth title win ignited an outpouring of passion, as they equaled Mumbai Indians’ record for the most championships in the competition.
Due to rain interruptions, the Reserve Day of the IPL 2023 Final witnessed an unusual scenario. After the first over of the chase was curtailed, CSK found themselves pursuing a revised target of 171 runs within 15 overs. Gujarat Titans had set a record-breaking total of 214 for 4 in 20 overs. However, Chennai Super Kings exhibited remarkable composure to secure their fifth championship, equaling the tournament’s highest accolade.
In a bid to witness the dramatic conclusion without missing a moment, MS Dhoni chose to keep his eyes closed while stationed in the dugout. As Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja took charge on the field, CSK required 13 runs off the last three balls. Mohit Sharma, who had amassed 27 wickets in his debut IPL season with Gujarat Titans, delivered exceptional yorkers, narrowing the equation to 10 runs from just two deliveries.
Yet, Ravindra Jadeja had different plans. In a display of sheer brilliance, he smacked a six on the fifth ball of the over, followed by a boundary that brought CSK closer to victory. It appeared inconceivable for Chennai Super Kings.
As the winning runs were scored, MS Dhoni finally opened his eyes. Ravindra Jadeja, amidst the thunderous cheers of his home supporters, embarked on a victory lap around the field, celebrating his bravery.
A few moments later, an unforgettable scene unfolded—the overwhelmed MS Dhoni lifted Ravindra Jadeja in a jubilant embrace, symbolizing their historic triumph. Marking a departure from his usual stoicism, Dhoni wore an exultant smile, radiating more emotion than ever before. Even Matthew Hayden, the former Chennai opener engaged in television work, received a warm hug from Dhoni.
Notably, the final witnessed Hardik Pandya experiencing his first defeat, prompting Dhoni to embrace him affectionately, extending his support.
Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of Ravindra Jadeja, couldn’t hold back her tears as her husband overcame his previous captaincy setback in 2022, emerging as the hero who scored the winning runs for CSK in the IPL 2023. At the Narendra Modi Stadium, Dhoni shared a heartfelt moment with the Jadeja family.
Amidst the unbridled euphoria enveloping the CSK players, MS Dhoni wholeheartedly immersed himself in the celebrations of their well-deserved victory.
Following a final that endured nearly three days due to rain interruptions, the sight of Dhoni and Jadeja, uniting for the perfect photograph, appeared to have been worth the wait, encapsulating the essence of their triumphant journey.