The comeback season has been nothing less than a dream for Chennai Super Kings. Very few had backed the Super Kings to come up with such a performance after the two-year absence. However, it did not take them long to prove their credentials. They started their season with a bang to send out a huge statement.
In the first two games, they beat defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders – two of the most successful teams in the history of the league. Their season, however, took turned a bit sour when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to change their home venue from Chennai to Pune. The Board took the decision owing to security concerns amid the Cauvery protests.
The Super Kings had to leave for Pune just after making a happy homecoming at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. In their first home game, they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders.
However, the clash was marred by controversy as 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party workers were arrested and sent to Puzhal Central Prison for holding protests over Cauvery issue outside Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium in a bid to stop an IPL match held there.
Some protestors had also hurled shoes on the ground when the game was going on.
The BCCI, on its part, did not any chance and shifted Super Kings’ home games to Pune. There were apprehensions that another city might not come up with support for the Super Kings. But fortunately, the shift in venue did not affect the Super Kings as they went on to make the playoffs and then the final.
The Super Kings are now just one win away from capping off their comeback season in a stunning manner. They will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the title-decider on Sunday.
But despite such a successful season, MS Dhoni expressed his regrets over not having played at Chennai much.
“The emotional aspect was more at the start of the tournament,” reckoned Dhoni ahead of the final. “Once the tournament starts you have to be more professional. I was saddened that we couldn’t play our home matches in Chennai but I was still happy that we played at least one match.