Ahmedabad. Charismatic Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like to make his ‘farewell’ memorable by winning a fifth IPL title but there is a ‘run machine’ in the form of Gujarat Titans’ Shubman Gill, whose batting will be a challenge for the bowlers this season. It has proved to be 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 wholesome entertainment for the spectators. One is the golden history of Indian cricket and the other is a brilliant mustaqbil. About 19 years ago when young Dhoni was preparing to make his debut in the Indian team, four-year-old Gill was playing with a hand-made bat by his grandfather in Fazilka village of Punjab, on the Pakistan border. Was playing in the field with his elder.
Indian cricket’s future superstar Gill will be eager to hold the IPL trophy in his hand when 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. Three centuries and 851 runs Dhoni’s biggest challenge for CSK will be to contain Chuke Gill’s bat. Deepak Chahar’s swing or Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling on the wicket. Moeen Ali’s ball going outside off-stump or Mathisha Pathirana’s ball falling on straight leg, no one knows what will break the concentration of the technically rich Gill.
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 he is finding it difficult to play again next season. So for the fans of ‘Thala’ (big brother in Tamil), this Dhoni There is an opportunity to capture every moment of the last match of the He has come out 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.
Gujarat, on the other hand, has a captain in Hardik Pandya who believes that there is only one way to lead the team which he has learned from Dhoni.
Batsmen win matches but bowlers win tournaments and this has been proved by Titans. Mohammed Shami (28 wickets), Rashid Khan (27 wickets) and Mohit Sharma (24 wickets) have done their job well. In the batting, apart from Gill, Pandya has scored 325 runs. Devon Conway (625 runs), Ruturaj Gaikwad (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 and Deshpande took 21 wickets in the bowling.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Akash Singh, Moeen Ali, Bhagat Verma, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dubey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Mathisha Pathirana , Dwayne Pretorius, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rashid, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki, Mahesh Tikshna.
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, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande , Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmed, Dasun Shanaka, Odion Smith, KS Bharath, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little and Mohit Sharma.
The match will start at 7.30 pm.
Pc: India Today