‘If Anyone Deserved To Win It's KKR', Dhoni's ‘Class Act' Proves Why It's Hard To Hate Him

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Imagine you have just won the most prestigious and challenging T20 League in the world and are asked to reflect on your side’s journey throughout the campaign, speak about the challenges faced during an unusual season stretched across six months, and instead of talking about your team’s incredible achievement you start your interview by acknowledging the hard work of your opposition and even add that they deserved to win the title more than your team.

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Heartiest congratulations, @ChennaiIPL! #VIVOIPL | #Final | #CSKvKKR pic.twitter.com/23LqFdSzWH

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 15, 2021

That’s exactly what happened when Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni was asked about his side’s incredible turnaround from a disappointing last season, which saw them failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in history, and from there to winning the title very next year, with almost the same group of players…it’s been incredible.

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When the tournament came to a halt in May earlier this year, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were placed at the bottom half of the points table, having lost five of their seven games.  

When the tournament resumed, nobody gave them even an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs, let alone playing in the final. 

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Having experienced it himself last year, Dhoni knew how difficult it’s for any team to make a comeback in the tournament after a poor start but KKR played with great grit and determination and shocked everyone by qualifying not just for the playoffs but reaching their third IPL final. 

And looking at their incredible comeback, Dhoni felt if there was any team that deserved to win the IPL this year, it was Eoin Morgan’s side. 

MS (Class Act) Dhoni!

The @ChennaiIPL captain lauded the @Eoin16-led @KKRiders for a fine season. @msdhoni | #VIVOIPL | #CSKvKKR | #Final pic.twitter.com/OAvjEhhfoi

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 15, 2021

“Before I start talking about CSK, it’s important I talk about KKR. For the position they were in after the first phase, it is very difficult to come back and do what they have done. If any team deserved to win the IPL this year, I feel it was KKR. I think the break helped them,” Dhoni said at the post-match interview. 

By respecting the opposition and all their hard work, Dhoni also won the hearts of KKR fans with his kind words. Dhoni’s words struck a direct chord with not just the CSK fans but also the KKR supporters and they praised the 2011 World Cup winner’s humility. 

MS Dhoni is giving credit to KKR even after winning ipl2021. “credit stealer” propagandists in mud!

— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) October 15, 2021

“If there’s a team that deserves this IPL it’s KKR” – MSD

Dhoni giving me one more reason to love him!#WhistlePoduArmy #Whistlepodu #Yellove #CSKvsKKR #CSK #IPLFinal

— Ramyaa A S (@ramya30380) October 15, 2021

MS Dhoni praised KKR a lot and said KKR deserved to win the IPL for this comeback and efforts. Felt so emotional hearing this #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/8rdYefZFh5

— 𝙨𝙤𝙝𝙤𝙢 ᴷᴷᴿ (@AwaaraHoon) October 15, 2021

Before saying about #CSK

Appreciates #KKR

FINALE bhi jita opponent ka dil bhi

That’s the way #mahi ve #Thala Not done yet : Definitely Not#Dhoni #IPL2021#ThalaDhoni#IPLFinals2021 #RuturajGaikwad #FafDuPlessis #Shardulthakur #deepakchahar complete match winners.. pic.twitter.com/tcoGZBBvgX

— Cric Crazy (@Being_indiawale) October 15, 2021

MS Dhoni’s first words at the post-match presentation ceremony: “If any team deserved to win the IPL this time, it was KKR”

That’s #ThalaDhoni for you…

So humble #CSKvKKR #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/jzGGHsoReR

— RanjithVjMsd (@ranjithvijay07) October 15, 2021 

In the past, many keyboard warriors have criticised the former India skipper for ‘stealing credit’ and taking away all the limelight from other players.  

When he was appointed Team India’s mentor for the 2021 T20 World Cup, a few Virat Kohli fans were unhappy because they thought he would take all the credit if indeed Team India would go on to lift the trophy. 

Dhoni has been one of the greatest servants of the game and despite retiring from international cricket he is still one of the most loved cricketers in the world. 

And his latest speech shows why it’s hard for anyone to hate him, no matter which team they support.

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