Chennai: Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs to retain the IPL trophy on Saturday. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the boys for their effort in winning the title back to back.
"I think this is a fabulous effort from the guys, it was a good start from Hussey and Vijay. We got the momentum and we maintained it and that`s the reason why we could score over 200. The intent was there, it was the final and the batsmen showed intent, challenged the fielders, rotated strike pretty well and put extra pressure," he said.
He praised spinner Ashwin for his fantastic opening spell in which he got rid of the danger-man Chris Gayle. "Our start with the ball was great, Ashwin bowled really well, that`s one of the reasons why he gets more purchase than some of the other bowlers. The big achievement is to win both the trophy and to win the fair play award. We`ll look to win the Champions League as well, we have to see what kind of form we`ll be in."
"Chennai crowd were brilliant throughout, and that helped us, particularly in the close games. It was tough to play the IPL soon after the World Cup, and after winning the WC the crowd were a bit relaxed and the turn out increased after every match. Looking forward to go to Ranchi now," he added.