IPL 2024 [WATCH]: MS Dhoni leads CSK’s victory lap at Chepauk after win over RR; Suresh Raina also joins

May 13, 2024

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In what could potentially be the final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 played at their cherished home ground, Chepauk, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) clinched a crucial victory against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five wickets in a low-scoring encounter on Sunday (May 12). This victory marked a significant step towards the playoffs for CSK, adding to the emotional weight of the match, as it might have been MS Dhoni‘s farewell appearance at his beloved home ground unless CSK qualifies for the playoffs and gets to play again at this venue.

CSK’s victory at Chepauk: An emotional moment

CSK’s bowlers exhibited a commendable performance against RR, with Simarjeet Singh leading the charge by claiming three crucial wickets, including those of Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson. His contributions disrupted RR’s batting lineup, while other bowlers like Tushar Deshpande also made valuable contributions. Despite efforts from RR’s batters like Riyan Parag and Dhruv Jurel, who guided the team to a score of 141/5, CSK’s chase was anchored by their newly appointed skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad, who remained unbeaten with a crucial 42 runs to secure victory for the team.

Also READ: Twitter reactions: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Simarjeet Singh guide CSK to must-win victory over RR | IPL 2024

Suresh Raina’s comforting presence

This victory marked Chennai’s fifty-first triumph in the playoffs and their third title win at the iconic stadium, showcasing their dominance in IPL cricket. Following the match, all CSK players were honored with medals, with Dhoni receiving his medal on the stadium podium. Dhoni’s sentimental gesture of distributing tokens of appreciation to fans during the lap of honour by the side, such as tennis balls and t-shirts, underscored his gratitude and emotional attachment to the Chepauk faithful. Dhoni’s former teammate from CSK, Suresh Raina’s comforting presence added to the touching moment, highlighting the camaraderie between the legends.

Here’s the video:

34 seconds of pure Yellove 💛#CSKvRR #TATAIPL #IPLonJioCinema #IPLinHindi pic.twitter.com/QWuPq6c3yt

— JioCinema (@JioCinema) May 12, 2024

Acknowledgment of ground staff

But Dhoni’s generosity extended beyond the fans; he also took the time to acknowledge the unsung heroes behind every game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium: the ground staff. Alongside Gaikwad, Dhoni made sure to express gratitude to these silent workers who diligently maintain the stadium. Their tireless efforts often go unnoticed, yet they play a vital role in ensuring smooth operations during matches. By clicking pictures and spending time with the ground staff, Dhoni and Gaikwad honored their invaluable contributions, emphasizing the sense of unity and appreciation within the CSK family.

💛💛 pic.twitter.com/a70DyPZwMT

— Yash (@CSKYash_) May 12, 2024

Remarkable IPL career

Dhoni’s remarkable IPL career statistics reflect his unparalleled contributions to the league. With over 5000 runs, 150 catches, and 42 stumpings, Dhoni’s legacy as a wicketkeeper-batter is unparalleled. Under his captaincy, CSK has secured five IPL titles, and his leadership records, including the most victories and appearances in finals, attest to his exceptional leadership qualities and impact on the game.

Also READ: CSK vs RR: Ravindra Jadeja given out obstructing the field | IPL 2024

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