Former India pacer Irfan Pathan‘s tweet after Chennai Super Kings‘s (CSK) win over Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) did not go down well with the fans. Due to heavy rain, the IPL final, which was originally slated to take place on Sunday (May 28), was played the next day. GT batted smoothly after they were asked to bat first, putting on 214/4 in 20 overs. But after their innings, the match was halted for a long time due to rain.
But thankfully, the match resumed and CSK got a 171-run target as per the DLS method and the second innings was reduced to 15 overs. CSK, with small contributions from a few batters, chased down the target and became champions for the fifth time.
Irfan Pathan however, thinks rain made it easier for the five-time champions since they did not face the league’s top three bowlers, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, and Mohit Sharma. But this remark from Pathan drew mixed reactions from the fans.
“In a rain curtailed shortened final Yesterday CSK started batting with Shami. Rasid and Mohit losing one over each from their regular quota of 4 overs. That means league’s top 3 wicket takers were deprived of 18 balls and no wickets. That’s certainly played as an advantage to CSK,” wrote Pathan.
Check how netizens reacted to Irfan Pathan’s opinion on Twitter
After the conclusion of the cash-rich league, Irfan Pathan picked his best-playing XI of the tournament. He made Faf du Plessis the team’s captain and Heinrich Klaasen the wicketkeeper.
Irfan Pathan’s team of IPL 2023: Faf du Plessis (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku Singh, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Matheesha Pathirana (Impact Player).
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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