Ahmedabad. Chennai Super Kings’ charismatic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will want to make his ‘farewell’ a memorable one by winning a fifth IPL title, but standing in his way is a ‘run machine’ in the form of Gujarat Titans’ Shubman Gill, whose batting will be a challenge for the bowlers this season. The curdled pudding has been proved.
In the IPL final, an experienced captain famous for his ‘Midas touch’ is facing a young batsman who is also skilled in technique, so the audience will get a complete gift of entertainment. One is the golden history of Indian cricket and the other is a magnificent Mustaqbil. About 19 years ago, when the young Dhoni was preparing to make his debut in the Indian team, four-year-old Gill hit the bat hand-made by his grandfather in the Fazilka village of Punjab on the Pakistan border. He was playing in the field with his elder.
When the 132,000 spectators at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday see the soon-to-be-42-year-old Dhoni in the yellow jersey for perhaps the last time, Gill, the future superstar of Indian cricket, will be eager to hold the IPL trophy in his hands. Three centuries and 851 runs. Controlling Chuke Gill’s bat will be Dhoni’s biggest challenge in front of CSK. Deepak Chahar’s swing or Ravindra Jadeja’s wicket bowling. Moeen Ali’s off-stump ball or Mathisha Pathirana’s straight-leg ball, no one knows on which ball the technical Gill’s concentration will break.
Dhoni’s fans would like to see him play again next year, but he has played the entire IPL with a bandage on his left knee, so it seems difficult for him to play again in the next season. It is an opportunity to capture every moment of the last match in memories. He has come in to bat at number eight in most of the matches but he has given confidence to inexperienced bowlers like Tushar Deshpande and young batsmen like Shivam Dubey. Dhoni’s charisma will never end. His captaincy will remain a part of the legends of Indian cricket.
On the other hand, Gujarat have a captain in the form of Hardik Pandya who believes that there is only one way to captain the team which he learned from Dhoni.
Batsmen win matches but bowlers win tournaments and this has been proved by the 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. For Chennai, Devon Conway (625 runs), Ruturaj Gaekwad (564 runs), Ajinkya Rahane has scored 299 runs in 13 matches while Dubey has scored 386 runs. Dubey has hit 33 sixes in this IPL. Pathirana of Sri Lanka took 17 and Deshpande 21 wickets in bowling.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Akash Singh, Moeen Ali, Bhagat Verma, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tusshar Deshpande, Shivam Dubey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Mathisha Pathirana. .
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (captain), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudarshan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzari Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande. , Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmed, Dasun Shanaka, Odeon Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little and Mohit Sharma.
The match will start at 7.30 pm.