Sunday was a special occasion for CSK and its fans MA Chidambaram stadiumdespite losing by six wickets to the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last home match of the IPL 2023.
As it was CSK’s last home of the season, Dhoni decided to have a lap of honor in Chepauk with his team mates. As CSK players circled their home stadium, Gavaskar chased after the pack of players and asked Dhoni for his autograph. In fact, the former India captain asked Dhoni to autograph his shirt, a moving tribute from one legend to another of the game.
“When I heard that Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni would be doing a lap of honor in Chepauk, I decided to create a special memory. That’s why I ran to MSD to get his autograph. It was his last home game in Chepauk “, Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“Of course, he will have a chance to play here if CSK qualifies for the playoffs. But I decided to make that moment special. I was lucky enough that someone on camera had a sharpie. So, I’m grateful to that person too,” he said added.
73-year-old Gavaskar also appreciated Dhoni for his gesture and also saluted the skipper of CSK for his legacy in Indian cricket.
“So, I went to Mahi and asked him to sign an autograph on the shirt I was wearing. It was so nice of him to acknowledge it. It was a very emotional moment for me as this guy has made an immense contribution to Indian cricket,” he said.
IPL 2023: Dhoni’s CSK makes a lap of honor in Chepauk
An emotional Gavaskar also revealed what are the two most special moments in cricket that he would cherish for the rest of his life.
“Kapil Dev lifting the WC 1983 trophy and MS Dhoni winning six in the WC 2011 final are the two cricketing moments I would like to see before I die,” said the former India captain.
(With agency input)