MS Dhoni became the oldest captain to win the Indian Premier League trophy. Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 final to win their 4th title.
MS Dhoni has achieved another record once again, this time as the oldest captain in the history of the Indian Premier League to win the trophy. At 40, the CSK captain led the team to glory in IPL 2021 and clinched his 4th title as captain in the premier T20 tournament after successful outings in 2010,2011, and 2018.
MS Dhoni Becomes Oldest Skipper At 40 To Win IPL Trophy Ahead Of Shane Warne And Adam Gilchrist
Notably, MS Dhoni has broken Shane Warne’s record as the legendary Australian leg-spinner was aged 39 years when he led Rajasthan Royals to the glory in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. Notably, Shane Warne’s men had beaten MS Dhoni’s CSK in a thrilling final in 2008.
Adam Gilchrist won the title as captain for Deccan Chargers next season when he was 37. The former Australia wicketkeeper had led the now-defunct Deccan Chargers to a victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
Oldest captain to win the IPL title
Shane Warne – 39 years in 2008 with RR
Adam Gilchrist – 37 years in 2009 with Deccan Chargers
MS Dhoni promised by insisting that CSK would come back stronger in IPL 2021 after the 4-time champions missed a berth in the play-offs of the last season in the UAE for the first time in their IPL history. CSK completed a dream comeback, winning their 4th title with a near-perfect campaign in the UAE next season to fulfil MS Dhoni’s promise.
CSK Was The First Team To Be Eliminated From Playoffs In IPL 2020 But Was The First Team To Qualify For Playoffs In IPL 2021
Contrary to expectations, CSK did not go for a complete overhaul in IPL 2021 after a horror season, even as their stars were not getting any younger. CSK added a few key players like Moeen Ali by playing it smart once again in the auction. CSK did not have a great start as they lost their opener to Delhi Capitals, but they stormed back with a 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings. CSK never looked back from there as they 5 out of their first 7 matches.
However, when the season was moved to the UAE after it was suspended in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic and bio-bubble breaches, questions were asked whether CSK would be able to put behind their UAE disappointment of IPL 2020 and do well away from home. CSK allayed all those fears and kept their winning momentum intact in the UAE, as from not qualifying for the play-offs in 2020, they became the first team to make the top 4 in 2021.
MS Dhoni’s men finished inside the top 2 spots in the points table and had that extra opportunity to qualify for the final. They did not need the other as MS Dhoni came up with a vintage finish against Delhi Capitals. In the final, CSK hardly put a foot wrong as the Dad’s Army showed once again that they are the team to beat in the IPL.