Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their fifth IPL title on 29 May 2023 after defeating Gujarat Titans (GT). However, it was Ajinkya Rahane’s first title despite playing in the tournament for so many years. Rahane played some impactful cameos throughout the tournament and the final was not an exception alos.
While chasing 171 runs in 15 overs, Rahane played a counterattacking knock as he scored 27 runs off 13 balls, including two fours and two sixes. So, on 30 May, CSK came up with a tweet to praise the veteran batter for his contribution. With a picture of him, CSK wrote: “The cameo that will forever be remembered #CHAMPION5 #WhistlePodu #Yellove.” Fans also shared their views on social media.
Here is the shared tweet:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 30, 2023
“They did not interfere at all, and the freedom that CSK gives is massive” – Ajinkya Rahane
After the final, Rahane said: “Credit goes to CSK management for backing me. They said they would back me completely if I got an opportunity. The victory is really special. Great team man [on Rayudu]. The knock he played today was really special. Credit goes to CSK management and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). They said they would back me completely if I got an opportunity, and told me what my role was before the season. They did not interfere at all, and the freedom that CSK gives is massive.” In 14 matches, Rahane scored 326 runs, at an average of 32.60 and a strike rate of 172.49. He smashed two fifties also.
While head coach Stephen Fleming said: “He wasn’t in our initial thoughts, but the game in Mumbai was really defining. It was one of our best wins in the tournament and he was the big catalyst behind it, so he cemented that No. 3 spot. He has been unwavering the whole way through he’s been nothing but positive, his nets have been positive. Anytime he’s been caught on the boundary or out playing a big shot, we’ve just reinforced how good he’s playing. So a little bit of belief and just sheer ability — he’s been a wonderful player for us this year.”
Here are some shared tweets:
That lofted straight drive is the best shot that he has played this season and might as well be the shot of the season for me. Was just pure bliss to watch him bat.
All the best @ajinkyarahane88 for the WTC final go get that trophy my man.
— RICHUMSD07 (@richumsd07) May 30, 2023
Towards the sky….
— Aadhira (@AadhirasArmy) May 30, 2023
The very fact that, till before this season rahane didn't win a ipl trophy, and then to have comeout and perform like that in the finals just shows the kinda environment CSK created for it's players. Just astounding
— Aditya Bharatwaj (@AdityaBharatwaj) May 30, 2023
That 2 sixes of Joshua Little over 🔥🔥🥵
— Karthi Kn (@karthikn_30) May 30, 2023
This shot was the shot of the day for me. Absolute skill. Rayudu one to Mohit going in backfoot too
— Shantanu 🏏🎧 (@Shantanu630) May 30, 2023
It wasn't a cameo
It was more than man of the match
He carried that momentum forward and never let that run rate go above
Dube wasn't in form wasn't connecting so he takes that responsibility and helped us cross that line
For me that innings>>>> any other
— Take My Note (@Cricpoints1) May 30, 2023
both sixes were top shots, Jinks special for the last 💛
— Captain (@iEatCricket) May 30, 2023
That 2 sixes of Joshua Little over by Aju was simply pure class🔥🥵
— Rakshit Shah – PATHAAN (@rshah2611) May 31, 2023