Chennai Super Kings wins their 3rd INDIAN PREMIERE LEAGUE title
- 2018-05-27 18:56:28
The Yellow Army coming back to IPL 11 after an absence of 2 years was welcomed back with an array of criticism. They were even tagged as Dad’s Army with the average age of the team being on the higher side, and how did they answer their critics? With the Champion’s trophy of course!
Nine playoff appearances in as many years and seven appearances in the IPL final speak volumes about their potential and achievements as a team, and yet critics weren’t shy to shame them with harsh words of discouragement. Now with the third IPL trophy in the bag, CSK has made a really big statement and hopefully has been able to stand up against all the criticism that was thrown at them.
Veteran Aussie all rounder Shane Watson stole the limelight at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai as he became the first player to score a ton in a winning cause in the IPL final, as CSK beat the Orange Army by 8 wickets, with 9 balls to spare, in what was labelled as the world’s toughest final in the promotional advertisements.
CSK backed their strengths in chasing down targets as they won the toss and elected to field first. SRH put up a very competitive total on the board with 178 on a good surface which had enough support for swing bowlers and was responsive towards pace variation as well. Experience came good as the CSK openers in Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started cautiously to begin with and then the Watto attack went berserk as he tore away the SRH bowling armour with relative ease scoring a scintillating knock of 117 under pressure, in what turned out to be a one sided chase at the end of the day.
“It’s been a special season. To be able to do something like this in the final means so much to the franchise. So it feels really special,” said the man who couldn’t have chosen a better occasion to score his third IPL century.
Facing criticism from several corners of the cricketing world with 9 players in the team aged more than 30 years, CSK showed what class, quality and experience can do in crunch situations. Chennai Senior Kings became Chennai Smile Kings at the face of harsh criticism as they stole thelast laugh by winning this high intensity tournament.
Captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the winning trophy for the third time and yet remained as humble as ever. “I thought it was a very good batting effort. I think it is the fitness that really matters more than the age. Age is just a number,” said MSD at the post match presentation ceremony.
The other individual awards won in VIVO IPL 2018 are listed below.
Emerging Player of the season – Rishabh Pant of DD
Perfect Catch of the season - Trent Boult of DD
Tata Nexon Super Striker of the season - Sunil Narine of KKR(S/R – 190)
Fbb Stylish Player of the season - Rishabh Pant of DD
Star Plus season award for Innovative thinking – Mahendra Singh Dhoni of CSK
Most Valuable Player of the season - Sunil Narine of KKR
Purple Cap - Andrew Tye of KXIP (24 wickets)
Orange Cap - Kane Williamson of SRH (735 runs)
Written by: Arijit Mandal