In a gripping last-ball showdown, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) matched the Mumbai Indians’ (MI) record of five Indian Premier League (IPL) titles as they emerged victorious against the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans (GT), by five wickets in a rain-interrupted final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
Originally scheduled for Sunday, the summit clash had to be rescheduled to the Reserved Day due to heavy rain that disrupted play on the initial date. The much-anticipated encounter finally took place on Monday at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, where it was filled with thrilling moments.
After the Gujarat Titans set a daunting target of 214 for 4 in 20 overs, courtesy of Sai Sudharshan’s remarkable 96 off just 47 deliveries, the CSK openers took the field to begin the chase. However, rain made an unwelcome return, causing a brief interruption. Although the showers were short-lived, they had an impact on the practice pitches adjacent to the main wicket.
Eventually, the match resumed at 12:10 am after a significant delay caused by a wet outfield. With a revised target of 171 runs to chase in 15 overs, CSK took on the challenge. In a thrilling climax, they managed to achieve the target on the final ball of the match, sparking celebrations among the packed crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium. This victory could potentially mark the final appearance in the T20 league for CSK’s veteran batter, Ambati Rayudu.
Following the game, the presentation ceremony took place, where Shubman Gill took center stage by receiving four prestigious awards. Gill’s exceptional performance earned him a substantial sum of Rs 40 lakh.
The IPL 2023 season witnessed intense competition, dramatic moments, and outstanding performances from various players. The CSK’s triumph and the individual achievements of Shubman Gill exemplify the thrilling nature of the tournament. The prize money awarded to the teams and players adds an extra incentive to the intense battles witnessed on the field.
In IPL 2023, Shubman Gill emerged as the recipient of the Orange Cap for scoring the highest number of runs, while Mohammed Shami, a bowler from the Gujarat Titans (GT), claimed the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets, totaling 28. As a result, Shami received a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh for his impressive performance in the tournament. Shubman Gill, on the other hand, secured three accolades and cash prizes of Rs 10 lakh each for achieving the highest number of boundaries in the season, being recognized as the Most Valuable Player (MVP), and being hailed as the game changer of the season.