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Jadeja dedicates CSK’s fifth IPL title to ‘special’ Dhoni

Published : 31 May 2023 07:48 PM

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja dedicated his side's fifth IPL title win to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Chasing a revised target of 171 from 15 overs after a lengthy rain interruption, Chennai survived intense drama before Jadeja sealed their victory, milking 10 runs off the last two deliveries. "I'd like to dedicate this win to a special member of the CSK side, MS Dhoni. It feels amazing to win my fifth title in front of my home crowd. I'm from Gujarat, and it's a special feeling," he said after CSK pipped the Gujarat Titans by five wickets in a rain-marred fixture.

Chennai needed 13 runs from the last over from Mohit Sharma, who conceded three runs in his first four deliveries. Needing 10 off the last two, Jadeja hit Mohit over his head for a six and followed it with a boundary to seal a thrilling victory.

"I was just trying to swing hard because every ball was important," Jadeja said of the dramatic last over. I knew anything could happen, so I was trying to swing hard and hit it straight."

Jadeja also congratulated the CSK fans, who had turned up in large numbers to support the visiting team at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. "This crowd has been amazing. They were waiting for the rain to stop till late at night... I'd like to say a big congratulations to the CSK fans who came to support us."