IPL Final: Hardik Pandya Chooses Respect and Admiration over Victory, Says ‘I am very happy for MS Dhoni’

Despite Loss, Hardik Pandya Acknowledges Chennai Super Kings' Superior Performance and Commends MS Dhoni's Greatness

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In a thrilling IPL 2023 final that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans fell short of defending their title against the mighty Chennai Super Kings. Despite the loss, Pandya showcased true sportsmanship and respect as he admitted that if he had to lose, he would rather lose to none other than the legendary MS Dhoni.

MS and Hardik IPL Final: Hardik Pandya Chooses Respect and Admiration over Victory, Says 'I am very happy for MS Dhoni'

The Gujarat Titans had their eyes set on becoming the third team in IPL history to win back-to-back titles, following in the footsteps of the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. With a formidable total of 214 for 4 on the board, thanks to an outstanding innings by Sai Sudharsan, the Titans seemed destined for glory. Opening batsmen Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha had laid a solid foundation, allowing Sudharsan to launch a furious assault on the opposition. Matheesha Pathirana was the pick of the bowlers for Chennai Super Kings, claiming 2 wickets for 44 runs in his spell.


However, rain interrupted the proceedings and forced the Chennai Super Kings’ chase to be shortened to 15 overs, with a revised target of 171 runs. The Super Kings’ openers, Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad, provided a strong start with a partnership of 74 runs. Although the Titans managed to dismiss both openers in quick succession, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu played crucial cameos to keep Chennai in the hunt.

With 13 runs required off the final over, the tension reached its peak. Mohit Sharma, the Titans’ bowler, bowled exceptionally well, conceding only 3 runs in the first 4 balls. However, it was Ravindra Jadeja’s heroic hitting that ultimately secured a thrilling victory for the Chennai Super Kings, as he smashed a six and a four off the remaining deliveries.

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After the final, Hardik Pandya displayed his team’s resilience and pride, refusing to single out any individual for the loss. He commended his team for fighting till the end, emphasizing their unity and shared responsibility. Pandya acknowledged that the Chennai Super Kings had outplayed them, crediting his opponents for playing superior cricket on the day.

The Gujarat Titans skipper expressed his admiration for his teammates’ outstanding performances, highlighting the exceptional contributions of Sudharsan, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, and Mohammed Shami. He praised their determination and efforts, acknowledging their individual successes as vital to the team’s progress.

However, it was Pandya’s tribute to MS Dhoni that captured everyone’s attention. He expressed genuine happiness for Dhoni’s victory, acknowledging the destiny that seemed to be written for the Chennai Super Kings’ captain. Pandya revealed that if he had to suffer defeat, he would choose to do so against Dhoni, as he considered him one of the best individuals he has ever known.

MS Dhoni 2 IPL Final: Hardik Pandya Chooses Respect and Admiration over Victory, Says 'I am very happy for MS Dhoni'

In the end, Pandya’s words resonated with the fans, as he displayed the true essence of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Regardless of the result, he showcased respect and admiration for his opponents, proving that in the game of cricket, the bonds forged between players transcend mere victories and losses.

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