Chennai Super Kings lifted their fourth IPL title after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the final in Dubai.
WHO SAID WHAT?
MS Dhoni: Before I start talking about CSK, it’s important I talk about KKR. For the position they were in after the first phase, to perform this well, it’s very difficult. If any team deserved to win the IPL this year, it is KKR for the way they have played. I think the break helped them. Yes we are most consistent team looking at the stats but we have also lost finals.
Winners cheque of INR 20 crore to Chennai Super Kings
Stephen Fleming: We have had a number of finals, but crossing the line is what you want to conquer. There has been a bit of criticism about the age of players in our side, but the players have stepped up. We value youth, but experience is very important. We don’t go too deep into the numbers, analytics, but are a team more on instincts. Yes we are a bit old school in that sense but it works for us in this group.
Eoin Morgan: Extremely proud of the fight the boys have put in. Today unfortunately wasn’t ours. Venkatesh is new to this platform but has a huge future. Him and Gill have been the cornerstone of our batting. The energy Tripathi showed was absolutely outstanding.
Brendon McCullum: We are super proud of what we have achieved. Obviously tonight wasn’t ours. Champion side CSK. Even though we fell just short, we can keep our heads high. The style of play we showed in the second half and the youngsters playing at the top are things that worked for us. KKR have been very supportive as a franchise.
Most valuable player of the season: Harshal Patel
Orange cap: – Ruturaj Gaikwad – 635 runs in 16 games – 1 hundred, 4 fifties.
Purple cap: Harshal Patel – 32 wickets (joint highest ever in IPL with Dwayne Bravo) in 15 games, one 5-wicket haul, one 4-wicket haul.
Power player of the season: Venkatesh Iyer
Maximum Sixes: KL Rahul with 30 sixes
Game changer of the season: Harshal Patel
Super striker of the season: – Shimron Hetmyer – strike rate 168
Catch of the season: Ravi Bishnoi – taking Narine’s catch in Ahmedabad with a full length dive at deep mid-wicket.
Fairplay award: Rajasthan Royals
Emerging player of the season: Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Faf du Plessis | Player of the Match: That was a great day. 100th IPL game, special day. I loved my time here at CSK, almost 10 years. No 4 in the IPL trophy cabinet is really good. Rutu is a special talent. Indian cricket in generally very blessed with young talents. Rutu has got a great head on his shoulders. He has got a great future.