The Indian Premier League (IPL) was supposed to start on March 29 this year, but due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) had to postpone the 13th edition of the rich league in cash indefinitely hour.
There is no doubt that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is one of the most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They have won three titles so far and have qualified for the playoffs in each season they played in the for-profit league.
CSK’s first title win came in 2010 under the inspiring leadership of former India captain MS Dhoni. They defeated the Mumbai (MI) Indians in the final at DY Patil Stadium. Batting first CSK posted 168/5 on the scoreboard, thanks to Suresh Raina, who played 35 unbeaten on 35 balls.
But how did Dhoni manage to win the contest? Well, former CSK spinner Shadab Jakati, who joined the team in 2010, has now revealed the secret behind CSK’s famous victory.
Defending the not-so-great score, CSK got off to an excellent start when player Doug Bollinger eliminated attacking starter Shikhar Dhawan with a duck. The MI did come back, especially after the Mumbai-based franchise took 21 runs from Jakati’s first two overs.
“I had run 21 runs in my first two overs. With left-handed Abhishek Nayar batting, Dhoni told me he would now throw me in the middle, “Jakati said as quoted by Wisden.
My captain Sachin Tendulkar had a brilliant career in the cash-rich third edition of the league and while he was alive in the fold, the threat of losing the game to CSK was always active. But Dhoni had other plans, as he made a perfect strategy to fire the “Master Blaster”.
MSD gave the ball to Jakati, who was already expensive, but this plot worked, and the roulette wheel got rid of Tendulkar. After sending the iconic hitter to the shelter, Jakati came at a fantastic pace as he got the best of Saurabh Tiwary at the same time as well.
“[He kept me] for the right-handers: Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard. We had done our homework against MI righties, who were potentially weak against left-arm spinners, “added Jakati.
Mumbai power puncher Kieron Pollard produced some late fireworks, but it wasn’t enough to side with the line. MI was only able to reach 146/9 and lost the contest by 22 races.
Raina was declared “Player of the Match”, while Tendulkar with 618 runs in the season won the “Player of the Series” award.