Chennai Super Kings became the first finalists of IPL 2023 after they beat Gujarat Titans by 15 runs to qualify for the final for the record 10th time. CSK Captain MS Dhoni Retirement: Finally Dwayne Bravo Reacted.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is returning as a player in the next edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Dwayne Bravo, former Chennai Super Kings teammate and the side’s bowling coach, confirmed on Tuesday as the team secured their place in the IPL final for the tenth time.
During a post-match interview with Star Sports, Bravo responded with a resounding “100%” when asked if Dhoni would be seen in the coveted yellow jersey once again. “100 percent. Especially, with the Impact Player rule. It will keep prolonging his career,” Bravo said during the interview.
“He bats really deep. I think the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, (Shivam) Dube… these guys make a huge difference. You don’t require much from MS. But he has the ability to keep his calm when the team is under pressure,” Bravo further said. On Tuesday, CSK emerged victorious against the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans, in the first qualifier held at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
The Hardik Pandya-led Titans, who had finished at the top of the table, will now have another opportunity to reach the final by facing the winners of the eliminator game between the Mumbai Indians and the Lucknow Super Giants. This match held particular significance as it marked Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s final appearance in Chennai for the 2023 season.
Speculation about Dhoni’s future with CSK has been rife, and the skipper was asked to confirm whether he would return to the franchise for the 2024 edition. While Dhoni did not provide a definite answer, he stressed that he had ample time to make a decision regarding his CSK career.
The four-time champions – who are being led by their inspirational captain MS Dhoni – came back strongly from the disappointing performance of the previous season to become the first finallists in the next season.
SK’s win marked its fifth win in Qualifier 1 matches since the inception of the Playoffs system in the 2011 season. While it was won four titles, CSK has fallen on the wrong end of the result in IPL finals on five occasions – thrice against Mumbai Indians and one apiece against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
The franchise will play their record 10th IPL final on 28 May, as the MS Dhoni-led team hopes to equalize their championship wins with the Mumbai Indians.
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