Ahmedabad. Charismatic Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will want to make his ‘farewell’ memorable by winning a fifth IPL title but standing in his way is Gujarat Titans’ Shubman Gill, a ‘run machine’ who will challenge his batting. Bowler in this season. It has proved to be a crooked kheer.
With an experienced captain known for his ‘Midas touch’ facing a young batsman who is also adept at technique, the IPL final will provide a great entertainment for the audience. One is the golden history of Indian cricket and the other is a wonderful mustaqeel. Around 19 years ago when the young Dhoni was preparing to make his debut in the Indian team, four-year-old Gill was playing with his handmade bat. In Fazilka village of Punjab on Pakistan border, grandfather was playing in the field with his elder.
Gill, the future superstar of Indian cricket, will be eager to get his hands on the IPL trophy when 132,000 spectators watch the soon-to-be 42-year-old Dhoni in the yellow jersey for the last time at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. Three hundreds and 851 runs for CSK, Dhoni’s biggest challenge will be handling Chuke Gill’s bat. Deepak Chahar’s swing or Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling at the wicket. Moeen Ali’s ball going off-stump or Mathisha Pathirana’s delivery falling at straight leg, one never knows what will technically break Amir Gill’s concentration.
Dhoni’s fans will want to see him play again next year, but he will be wearing a bandage on his left knee for the entire IPL. has played, so it will be difficult for him to play again in the next season. So for fans of ‘Thala’ (Big Brother in Tamil), this Dhoni has a chance to catch every moment of the last match. has come in to bat at number eight but has given confidence to inexperienced bowlers like Tushar Deshpande and young batsmen like Shivam Dubey. Dhoni’s charisma will never end. His captaincy will be a part of the legends of Indian cricket.
Gujarat, on the other hand, have their captain Hardik Pandya who believes that the only way to lead the team is what he learned from Dhoni.
Batsmen win matches but bowlers win tournaments and this has been proved by Titans. Mohammad Shami (28 wickets), Rashid Khan (27 wickets) and Mohit Sharma (24 wickets) have done their job well. Apart from Gill, Pandya has scored 325 runs in batting. Devon Conway (625 runs), Ruturaj Gaekwad (564 runs), Ajinkya Rahane has scored 299 runs in 13 matches for Chennai while Dubey has scored 386 runs. Dubey has hit 33 sixes in this IPL. Pathirana of Sri Lanka took 17 wickets while bowling and Deshpande took 21 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Akash Singh, Moeen Ali, Bhagat Verma, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tusshar Deshpande, Shivam Dubey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hungergekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Matisha Pathirana, Dwayne Pretorius, Ajinkya Rahane, Sheikh Rashid, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapathy, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki, Mahesh Tikshana.
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (captain), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudarshan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tiwatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Shami, Alzari Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkand . , Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmed, Dasun Shanaka, Odion Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little and Mohit Sharma.