Some will argue that the best team didn’t win the IPL 2010 season, and Dhoni candidly admitted that Chennai “could have played much better”. But while the league table doesn’t lie, neither does the evidence of the last week, when Dhoni’s monstrous hitting kept them alive in Dharamsala before both Deccan Chargers and Mumbai were swept aside.
The men in yellow have finally done it! On Sunday night, Dhoni’s boys proved to be the better of the two teams — both in terms of cricketing skill and incisive planning. After proving to be the most consistent team of all seasons, Team Chennai has at last tasted sweet victory… and how! By beating the best team of the tournament — and that too on their home ground — Team Chennai made a telling statement. TOI gets talking to city celebrities, who are still basking in the golden moments, on their reactions to the thriller of a final and what went right for the home team…
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V for Victory: It was a great win for Team Chennai. We came very close to winning the cup in the first season but lost out. And this time, it was the right team combination that gave us the superb win.
Big moment in the final: The two dropped catches of Suresh Raina. If the Mumbai fielders had caught him then, Team Chennai would have not got to such a big score. That would have in turn meant less pressure on Mumbai’s batsmen.
Best Chennai player: It has to Suresh Raina. His consistency on the field is amazing and whenever there was a need, he would step up and give the team the impetus.
Venkat Prabhu, Director
V for Victory: Right from the beginning of the season, I have noticed that if I watch our match in two different places, our team wins. I did the same for finals and there we are with the cup.
Best moment in the final: Pollard’s wicket was the turning point. It was a great decision by Dhoni to place a fielder in that position. And, Hayden made the best of the opportunity and took a brilliant catch. If Pollard was around, Team Mumbai still had a great chance of winning the game.
Best Chennai player:
I’ve become a big Murali Vijay fan post this season. He has great attitude on the field and is highly confident, both while batting and fielding. In fact, when I met him at a do recently, I told him that and he in turn said that he was a big fan of my movies!
Nithin Satya, Actor
V for Victory: I wanted both teams to win as there was Sachin on one side and our home team on the other. But obviously, I was supporting Chennai and the boys won!
Best moment in the final: It was Sachin’s dismissal that changed the course of the match. Though Pollard was quite devastating, Dhoni’s superb fielding placement got him out.
Best Chennai player : Raina; his consistency has been great.
Around midnight on Sunday, as Team Chennai trounced Mumbai in the finals, it was celebration time for millions of Chennai fans. Actress Trisha, one of Chennai’s biggest supporters from Kollywood, was overjoyed and her first reaction was to send a message to her close friends, saying, “Chennai is the king. Toooo Happyy.”
Later, speaking exclusively to TOI from Hyderabad, where she’s gone for one of her commercial endorsement events, an overjoyed Trisha said, “I knew that Chennai would do it as they got the momentum in the latter half of the tournament. I would say the win against the Punjab team was the turning point. Dhoni kept his cool and I’d say that his captaincy and shrewd tactical moves got us the trophy.”
On why she did not go to Mumbai for the semi-finals and finals (for which she had a special invitation), Trisha said with a smile, “ I had other commitments, but the real truth is that sentimentally, Chennai always wins when I don’t watch it live at at the stadium. When I sit in a chair at home or in a hotel room and watch it on television, it is a lot more exciting and they win the match. On Sunday, I didn’t move from my hotel room as I just had to watch my hero A R Rahman perform live before the match. I had a very tiring day, but the match kept me awake.”
When asked to name her favourite Chennai players, Trisha was quick to reply, “MS and Raina are my favourite players, but Chennai-based players like Murali Vijay and Ashwin too played a crucial role in the win.”
At the moment, the actress is excited about her forthcoming film with Kamal Haasan and Madhavan. The untitled film being, produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin and directed by K S Ravikumar, will be completely shot in Monte Carlo from June.