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If I Had To Lose: Hardik Pandya’s Glorious Tribute To MS Dhoni After IPL Final Defeat

Hardik Pandya said that it was destiny for CSK captain MS Dhoni to win the title and good things happen to good people and he's been one of the best people he knows.

Despite facing defeat against Chennai Super Lords (CSK)in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final, Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya said that he is proud of his team and if he had to lose the title to anyone he would rather lose it to CSK captain MS Dhoni. Ravindra Jadeja gave a show-off wrap-up, hitting a six and a four with 10 required off the last two balls, to drive Chennai Super Lords to their fifth IPL title as they beat reigning champs Gujarat Titans by five wickets in a thrill ride at the Narendra Modi Arena in Ahmedabad.

Jadeja smashed 15* off 6 balls as an assortment of appearances from Devon Conway (47 off 25), Ruturaj Gaikwad (26 off 16), and Shivam Dube (32* off 21). Ajinkya Rahane (27 off 13) and Ambati Rayudu (19 off 8) assisted CSK with pursuing down 171 from 15 overs in a downpour abbreviated IPL last.

Pandya said that it was fate for CSK skipper MS Dhoni to come out on top for the championship and beneficial things happen to great individuals and “he’s been perhaps of the best individual he knows.”

“I’m very happy for him (MS Dhoni), predetermination had this composed. Assuming I needed to lose, I’d prefer to lose to him. Beneficial things happen to great individuals, and he’s been quite possibly the best individual I know. God has been benevolent, God has been thoughtful to me also yet today was his evening,” Hardik Pandya said at the hour of the post-match show.

Pandya lauded player Sai Sudharsan who played a warding knock of 96 runs off 47 balls to assist GT with posting a mammoth 214/4.

Sudharsan had placed a staggering show on the large stage with a stunning 96 off 47 balls, capably upheld by Wriddhiman Saha (54 off 39) and Shubman Gill 39 (20) to assist GT with posting a mammoth 214/4 preceding precipitation constrained the match to be abbreviated to 15 overs.

“I think we tick a lot of boxes as a team. We play with a great deal of heart, truly glad for the manner in which we continued to battle. We have a maxim – we win together, we lose together. I won’t rationalize, CSK played the better cricket. We batted all around well, extraordinary notice to Sai (Sudarshan), difficult to play that well at this level. We have been backing the young men and attempting to ensure we get the best out of them. In any case, their prosperity is their prosperity. The manner in which they have put their hand up and conveyed – Mohit, Rashid, Shami everybody,” he said.