Once again, MS Dhoni was the crowd’s favorite during the IPL 2023 season opener between his Chennai Super Kings and the Gujarat Giants, who were the defending champions. The Indian cricket legend garnered 16M spectators on the Jio Cinema app and website during his cameo of an innings.
With his batting, MS Dhoni, who played competitive cricket again for the first time since the IPL 2022, turned back the hands of time. During his 7-ball 14-run knock, the finisher hit a six and a four. striking at a rate of 200 in the closing overs, he hit Joshua Little for a six and a four.
Despite the presence of their hometown hero and captain Hardik PandyaDhoni was a star attraction among the Ahmedabad fans at the 1 lakh plus Narendra Modi Stadium as screams of “Dhoni!” were heard at the opening ceremony when both captains were taken to the podium for a little discussion.
Although Devon Conway was another option for keeping the wicket for the game, MS Dhoni, who was unsure to play the match after being seen hopping during a training session on Thursday, showed up in time for the toss and kept the wicket for the match as well.
Shubman Gill outdid Ruturaj Gaikwad’s excellent innings with a brilliant half-century as Gujarat Titans opened the IPL with a commanding five-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings. When Titans brought things back in the middle overs to limit Chennai Super Kings to sevenafter 17 choosing to bowl first in front of a nearly full house at the largest cricket stadium in the globe, Gaikwad was all class in his 92 off 50 balls. Gill, who has been in the best shape of his life over the past three months, played some incredible shots in his 63 off 36 balls to help the home team secure a victory. The Titans finished the game in 19.2 overs.