IPL 2018 Final Result : Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad,Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets.
SRH 178/6 (20.0 Ovs)
CSK 181/2 (18.3 Ovs)
Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wkts
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
MS Dhoni | CSK captain: By the team you reach the finals everybody knows their roles. The fielders have to adjust their roles while fielding, but while batting the styles are well known. So if somebody is finding it difficult in the middle, you know the incoming batsmen wouldn’t find it easy as well. [On Bravo sitting with pads on] He keeps doing it on his own. There was no plan as such; with Faf playing Rayudu had to come down at four. But Bravo is someone who pads quite easily and stays ready. Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats , so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we’ve won it in the end. We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 33, he’s someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn’t matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 – you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings. For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he’ll burst his hamstring and won’t be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there’s no point getting injured for a single. No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we’ll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate.
Now Dhoni moves to the big stage where the trophy is waiting for him. He takes it and hands it to his teammates, who take all the limelight as confetti goes up in the background. The pose in front of the champions board now. Dhoni holds his daughter and both enjoy the confetti flying around them. The CSK team is singing their team song as Raina, Bhajji, Murali Vijay, Balaji etc bring their kids. The CSK fans in the stands are absolutely elated to see their team all smiles.
MS Dhoni gets the winners’ cheque of Rs. 20,00,00,000
Stephen Fleming | CSK coach: Each year has been different for us. We stayed pretty consistent with the core of our team when others kept chopping and changing. It’s one thing that players are older, but it’s the professionalism that we got look into as well. MS Dhoni handles me (smiles). It’s about man-management. When he goes on the field he can do the things. There’s a lot of trust as well and it’s a nice relationship to have with him.
Kane Williamson | SRH skipper: “We thought it would be a very competitve total. Hats off, Shane Watson comes and gets 120 not out in the final. It’s frustrating, but CSK were deserved winners. A new bunch of guys in SRH, a great bunch of guys in the unit. Showed great character. It was a great experience leading this side, shame that we couldn’t win the final. Every team is trying to find the balance between bat and ball. Rashid is a great asset for us. As a team we look back fondly on the season. It’s a collective effort from the team.”
Tom Moody | SRH coach: I saw something special tonight. Shane Watson’s innings was just out of the box; they needed something special and that’s what Watson provided. I think the season has been really good. We had a few setbacks early on with a few players unavailable. It wasn’t a bad thing for us to come back to earth after the start, rejig something for the finals. Kane has shown the cricketing world that he can play all three formats leisurely. We are really fortunate to have him in the squad and every team is lucky to have him at the helm. [On Rashid] He’s a terrific cricketer, not only in India but everybody’s fallen in love with him. Not only his bowling, we saw what a flash he had with the bat in Calcutta. He’s been a fantastic cricketer.
Some awards for the umpires, referees as we go on. Okay, runners up medals coming up now.
Sunil Narine | MVP (pre-recorded): Unfortunately I couldn’t be there as our team were knocked out. Really wish we were in the finals. It has been a successful journey with the bat and ball. I would like to continue it and I really wish I could be there to collect the award.
Williamson wins the Orange cap with 735 runs. He’ll be interviewed as the runners-up captain in a few moments. Hang on.
Andrew Tye — 24 wickets to boast — Purple cap (pre-recorded): I accept the purple cap with great honour. India’s been a great place with a lot of memories to take home. Unfortunately our team couldn’t make it to the finals but we’ll try hard to get back next year.
Stylish Player of the Season – Rishabh Pant — He mints another 1000 grand
Super Striker of the Season: Sunil Narine – Well he isn’t here too. His pyrotechnics are etched in our memories though.
Perfect Catch of the Season – Trent Boult — Well he’s gone back, Rishabh Pant collects on his behalf. A brilliant athletic back-peddling catch by the Black Cap.
IPL Fairplay award – Mumbai Indians — Aditya Tare collects
Rishabh Pant | Emerging player of the season: I enjoyed the whole tournament; but it didn’t go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I’ve stopped my instincts from taking over.
Pitch and ground award – Punjab Cricket Association (For grounds who’ve hosted less than seven matches)
Pitch and ground award – Cricket Association of Bengal (For those grounds who’ve hosted seven matches or more)
Shane Watson | MoM: It’s been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there. The good thing is that I wouldn’t be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight.
Right, the real presentations coming your way. There are over ten dignitaries on the stage waiting to give out awards .. it’s a long night. Simon Doull to take us through.
Harbhajan Singh: Brilliant the way we came out and chased it down. To see what Watson, what he brings to the table, you know how many runs you might get, it is always chaseable. Fourth IPL title for me and I am glad. I mean considering that Kane was in good form and they had a lot of middle-order batsmen who were right-handers, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman. We have seen wrist spinners bowling more and more overs in the IPL compared to finger spinners. But I hope it would change next year. Well done to Karn and glad to be on the winning side.
Karn Sharma: I was prepared and was waiting for my chance to grab the opportunities I got.
Chahar: I enjoyed bowling with the new ball. I have been waiting for my chance and this year I got my chance. Thanks to Mahi bhai for believing in me; batting, bowling and fielding. It is everyone’s dream to play in the IPL and win it, one of my dreams have come true.
Thakur: It is great. Last year I was part of final, but couldn’t win it. But this year we won it and it is incredible. I am feeling at top of the world. I think I had the last game in my mind, had to bowl well in the death. More often than not you get hit in this format. Today I was on top of my game and executed the plans.
Ngidi: Very amazing. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Good to come away with a win and lucky to be part of an IPL winning side. Not many people get to experience such a moment. It’s lovely to have the death bowling responsibility on your shoulders and take it in your stride, one ball at a time in a pressure situation and it is great to help the team win.
Jadeja: It is good to be part of a champion team. We did a great job on and off the field because we have played as a team despite winning or losing. We’ve participated after two years and am very glad to finish as champions.
Dwayne Bravo: It has been good. This is a special moment. The team did not play together for the last two years. We had to move from Chennai after one game. For most of the guys, this is their first time. We were able to keep focus and do it. Nothing is better than winning finals. We always said experience will help in crunch times. Watson batted on one leg and despite the hamstring, his experience helped him. Watson is a world class player.
Rayudu: I was really fortunate to have such a season for Chennai. I worked really hard for it and am glad that I could hit the winning runs. Initially the wicket looked a little slow, it was damp, got much quicker and I am glad we could chase it down.