new Delhi: This has happened on very rare occasions when Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) has placed himself in the role of ‘Mr. Finisher’ in the match and despite his brilliant performance the team has lost. One such opportunity also came 7 years ago in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final match, when Dhoni missed the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) title despite playing the biggest innings of any captain in the IPL final at that time.
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Mumbai Indians came under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy for the first time
IPL-2013 was special in the sense that for the first time the opportunity to captain him came in the part of Rohit Sharma. He had led his team to the final, where no expert was considering the title opportunity for Rohit due to the team of a clever captain like Dhoni. On May 26, 2013, Rohit decided to bat first by winning the toss at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.
Mumbai scored 148 for 9 wickets
The Chennai bowlers had badly demolished the Mumbai upper order. 3 wickets fell for just 16 runs. 4 wickets in 10 overs was just 52 runs. After this, Kieron Pollard played an explosive innings of 60 runs in just 32 balls, and raised his team’s score to 148 for 9 in 20 overs.
Batting of Chennai also failed
The upper batting order of Chennai Super Kings also flopped after facing a small target. The team’s 6 wickets fell for just 39 runs. In such a situation, there was a danger of Chennai team’s embarrassing record of being dismissed for less than 50 runs in IPL final.
Then Dhoni landed on the ground and changed the game
After Chennai’s batting flop, Dhoni landed on the field and changed the stance of the match as soon as he came. Chennai wickets were falling at one end and Dhoni was completely frozen at the other end. Dhoni did not get out till the end after scoring 63 runs off 45 balls. In this innings, where he hit just 3 fours, while hitting 5 sixes, he also broke the spirits of the opposition bowlers. But in the end Chennai’s score remained 125 for 9 wickets. After Dhoni, the highest score of any other batsman was 18 runs. Only 4 batsmen from Chennai could touch the double figures, while 5 batsmen scored 0, in which the last batsman was not out at 0.
Chennai first team to lose 2 consecutive finals
Many records were also made in this final match. Unilaterally Chennai Super Kings also became the first team to lose 2 consecutive finals after becoming the first team to reach 2 consecutive IPL finals. At the same time a total of 10 batsmen from both teams were dismissed for zero, which is still a record in an IPL final match.