A win for CSK would have made the occasion more special, but KKR spoiled that by inflicting a six-wicket defeat on their hosts in the Indian Premier League game.
Even when the spectators went crazy to see their favorite player leading their team after the game, beating very well Sunil Gavaskar ran over to the two-time World Cup-winning captain for an autograph.
Dhoni, holding a racquet in one hand, was also seen kicking balls into the crowd before throwing a few jerseys in that direction.
The police officers at the scene also had their moments shaking Dhoni’s hand before getting his autographs.
The match, however, did not go as CSK would have liked as they lost by six wickets.
Dhoni said the conditions, including dew, had a big impact on the game.
“The dew made a big difference in the second set. We can’t really blame any of our bowlers. Just that the conditions had a big impact on the game,” Dhoni, who waved to the crowd, told the post-game. presentation.
“When we threw the first pitch in the second inning, we knew we needed 180. But there was no way we could have gotten 180 on that pitch.”
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Battling first after winning the toss, CSK could only go 144 for six. Shivam Dube scored the most with an unbeaten 48 on 34 balls in the Chepaukwhile there were two wickets each for KKR spinners Sunil Narine (2/15) and Varun Chakravarthy (2/36).
Chasing 145 for the win, KKR faced a few misfires before reaching the target in 18.3 overs with Rinku Singh and skipper Nitish Rana going 54 and 57 unbeaten respectively.
Speaking of Dube, Dhoni said, “Very happy with what Shivam has done, but it’s important to think he’s not happy and continues to improve.”
Winning captain Rana was relieved with the result.
“The ball didn’t spin in the second set. Thanks to our spinners for the quality of their play. I always thought if me or Rinku could hold an end, we would chase that down. That’s what happened. happened,” Rana said.
(With contributions from the agency)