Just a few more hours to start the biggest Final ever staged in the history of cricket not in terms of stature but in terms of quality of cricket,money and of course prestige.
The Trophy might not be as good looking but winning the tournament definitely meant a lot to all the players in the beginning of the tournament and still means a lot even after it.
Let’s see what winning the IPL means to Dhoni
Dhoni has once again proved to the world and most importantly to his critics that the success he gets is not a fluke one.Be it 148 against the Pakistan or 183 against Sri Lanka or the T20 World cup or VB series against the Mighty Austrailians in ODIs and now in the IPL.For Dhoni , the exam is almost over.He has thwarted the impending danger from Yuvraj , whose father Jograj singh , claimed his son to be the better contender for the Captaincy.Who knows if Preeti’s men had won last night , we Indians would have again started doubting Dhoni’s leadership qualities (just like we have been doing for all the ex-captains of India).Being a captain of a side whose audience is so cruel as the Indians is a tough job.Dhoni has been successful till now.
In today’s match , Dhoni has got nothing to loose as he has proved once again that he is ‘Captain Marvel’ indeed.Even if Chennai looses the final , it would be a loss against a Retired Foreign Captain.Imagine if Kolkatha Knight Riders.The media would definitely ask questions like ‘Would it be wise to give the captaincy back to Ganguly?’.
Not only this , IPL is going to have a huge impact on the future players.It is a huge opportunity for new players like Rohit , Asnodkar and Gowswami to emerge from nowhere. It could also break the player’s careers who have just started their careers and yet to become a part of the team, like Nehra , Sreesanth , Zaheer , Irphan Pathan and Praveen Kumar.
And for Captains, it is the real test of character every year.Dhoni has luckily cleared all the exams but they are saying IPL is going to be conducted every year.Either the Media has to get mature enough or the Captains have to take this as fitness test every year.
Definitely one thing is sure, the future of Cricket is definitely brighter and the standards on the rise.
All the Best , Kings and Royals 🙂