Yash Dayal Issues Apology For Sharing Controversial ‘Love Jihad’ Post

Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Gujarat Titans (GT) fast bowler, Yash Dayal found himslef in the middle of a controversy following a picture he uploaded on his Instagram handle regarding ‘Love Jihad’. The young cricketer who hails from Allahabad later deleted after facing lots of comments for spreading hate. He also apologized for the post after a while.

Dayal’s apology in his latest Instagram story read: “Guys apologies for the story it was posted by mistake plz don’t spread hate. Thank you. I have respect for each and every community in society.”

Social media was flooded with comments suggesting that a gesture like this against religion while playing with Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, and Noor Ahmad is not right. Many fans even urged Gujarat Titans to take action, given he is on a contract with the team. (Shubman Gill Vs Virat Kohli Vs Sachin Tendulkar: Is Shubman Gill The Next Batting Maestro India Needs? Mohammad Kaif Says This)

Dayal attracted so much attention with his post that even before deleting it, several screenshots were taken by fans and circulated on the internet.

While playing for GT this year, Dayal only featured in five matches and was able to clinch two wickets. He was on the receiving end of the famous Rinku Singh assault when the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star smashed five sixes in a row to win the game for his team. (IPL Rivals To WTC Comrades: Buddies Shubman Gill And Ishan Kishan Take a Breather Amid WTC Final Preparations)

The Gujarat Titans (GT) pacer was broken into pieces. A day later, reports emerged of his parents not eating food after seeing their son’s worst day on the pitch so far. “It was a nightmare, my wife was inconsolable and stopped eating after the match,” Yash father Chandrapal Dayal had told PTI.

A few days later, GT captain Hardik Pandya, revealed that Yash had lost 7 to 8 kgs after that night and that he also fell ill due to a viral. Yash made his comeback on May 15 in a game vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), picking 1 for 31. But in between, he went through a lot. 

Former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cricketer Robin Uthappa, who is on the commentary panel of Jio Cinema, revealed a never-heard-before story of how the GT players helped Yash smile after bowling a 31-run last over. Answering a Zee News English question over an online group call with journalists, Uthappa said that GT players planned a dance and singing night for Yash on the same night they lost the game to KKR and ensured the pacer went to sleep relaxed and with a smile on his face.

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Dwayne Bravo On Becoming CSK’s Bowling Coach: ‘A Phone Call From Dhoni…’

After Chennai Super Kings’ win over Gujarat Titans in the final of the Indian Premier League 2023, Dwayne Bravo, the CSK bowling coach, revealed that a phone call from MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming convinced him to take on the coaching role. Bravo, who retired from the league after the 2022 season, had been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings’ squad, making significant contributions to the bowling attack.


“A year ago when I decided to announce my retirement from IPL cricket it was a sad moment but at the same time, I was grateful for a successful IPL career. As fate would have it I received a phone call from CSK captain MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming who invited me to be a part of the coaching staff. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the direction I wanted to take my new cricketing career,” Bravo wrote in a lengthy Instagram reel.

Bravo expressed his joy by sharing pictures and reels featuring his fellow players, coaches, and staff from the Chennai team. He also congratulated bowlers such as Matheesha Pathirana, Deepak Chahar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, and others for their exceptional performances.

“To my team; a big congratulations on this great victory and what I consider one the most memorable seasons in IPL cricket. To the coaching staff thank you for embracing me, I cannot say thank you enough. As one of the youngest members of the coaching staff it has been a huge learning process for me but I’m enjoying every second of it,” he added.

Bravo, the former West Indies cricket captain, was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL ahead of the 2023 season with 183 wickets in 161 matches. In May 2022, he played his last IPL match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane And Team Chennai Super Kings Celebrate IPL Win The Whistle Podu Way

Chennai Super Kings scripted history after getting the better of Gujarat Titans in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) final by five wickets. MS Dhoni’s men joined Mumbai Indians to lift the coveted IPL trophy record five times. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the man of the moment in the summit clash after he pulled off the winning stroke at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Following his electrifying show, Jadeja, in a video, was seen leading his side’s celebration in the team bus. We can see Ajinkya Rahane, Devon Conway, Tushar Deshpande and Matheesha Pathirana having a fun time. We also get a glimpse of head coach Stephen Fleming. The official Twitter handle of the Chennai-based franchise shared the clip. “57 seconds of yellow love,” Chennai tweeted.



Talking about Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane’s crucial contribution, this person came up with a heartwarming response.



It is not possible to talk about Chennai Super Kings’ legacy in the IPL without mentioning MS Dhoni’s name.







Sharing a picture of Chennai Super Kings pacer Rajvardhan Hangargekar, another user wrote that the uncapped India cricketer “will be lifting the trophy while entering the hotel.”



This fan expressed his desire to have a documentary on Chennai Super Kings’ performance in IPL 2023.



Some were bemused not to see legendary West Indies all-rounder and current Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Dwayne Bravo in the video.









This fan, just like all of us, wanted to touch the priceless IPL trophy once.



Coming back to on-field developments, Chennai Super Kings exhibited a clinical performance to finish their IPL 2023 league-stage campaign at the second spot. In the first Qualifier, they defeated Gujarat Titans by 15 runs. The two opponents met once again in IPL 2023 final but the outcome did not change in the summit clash either. With 13 runs needed off the final over, Ravindra Jadeja produced a boundary on the last ball of the contest to earn a five-wicket win for the MS Dhoni-led side. Chennai’s New Zealand batter Devon Conway was adjudged Man of the Match in the final for playing a vital knock of 47 off 25 balls.

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“For Strange Reason…”: Sunil Gavaskar Questions Hardik Pandya’s Final Over Decision | Cricket News

Mohit Sharma in action for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023© BCCI

Mohit Sharma was a star performer for Gujarat Titans in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and with 27 wickets from 13 matches, the experienced fast bowler played a massive role in taking them to the final. However, despite taking three wickets in the summit clash, he was not able to clinch the game for his side as he conceded 10 runs in the final two balls against Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar dissected the last over by Mohit and pointed out a moment that could have affected his rhythm.

Mohit conceded just three runs in the first four balls of the final over of the match with the first one being a dot ball.

However, the last two deliveries went for a six and a four as CSK clinched the match on the final ball of the game. Gavaskar believed that a break in concentration could have been the reason.

“He had bowled the first 3-4 delivery absolutely brilliantly. Then, for some strange reason, some water was sent to him. In the middle of the over, some drink was sent to him. Then Hardik Pandya came and spoke with him. You know when a bowler is in that rhythm and he is mentally also there, nobody should have said anything to him. Maybe from a distance, they could have just said ‘well bowled’. Going to them, talking to him – I do not think that was the right thing to do because suddenly, he was looking here and there. Till then, he was focused and I do not think what they did was the right idea. Because after that, he went for runs,” Gavaskar told Sports Today.

As Jadeja hit the winning runs, Mohit endured a bitter ending to the season that had been a fairytale until that moment.

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“Mahi Bhai Aapke Liye…”: Ravindra Jadeja Breaks Internet With Post For MS Dhoni | Cricket News

Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni posing with IPL trophy© Twitter

After Chennai Super Kings secured a dramatic five-wicket win over Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja came up with a beautiful post for skipper MS Dhoni. Jadeja, who hit the winning runs for CSK against GT, in the record-equalling victory for his side, dedicated the victory to none other than the ‘Thala’, in a post that went viral on social media.

“We did it for ONE and ONLY “MS DHONI. mahi bhai aapke liye toh kuch bhi…,” Jadeja tweeted.

After a fifty partnership by Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad and cameos from Shivam Dube, Jadeja showed once again why he is such a highly-rated batter in T20 cricket, scoring 10 runs off the final 2 balls to seal the win for his side.

“It feels amazing, to win my fifth title in front of my home crowd. I am from Gujarat, and it is a special feeling. This crowd has been amazing. They were waiting for rain to stop till late night, I would like to say a big congratulations to the CSK fans who came to support us. I would like to dedicate this win to a special member of the CSK side, MS Dhoni. I was just thinking I need to swing hard, as much as I can. Where the ball will go, I was not thinking about that, just looking to swing hard. I was backing myself and looking to hit straight, because I know Mohit can bowl those slower balls,” said Jadeja after the match.

Jadeja delivered valuable contributions to CSK throughout the tournament. He scored 190 runs in 12 innings at an average of 23.75 and a strike rate of 142.85 and the best score of 25*. Jadeja also took 20 wickets in these 16 matches at an average of 21.55 and an economy rate of 7.56, with best figures of 3/20.

With ANI inputs

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MS Dhoni, Ziva And More Emotional Post-Match Scenes Sum Up CSK’s IPL Title Triumph. Watch | Cricket News

The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings made history in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final as they defeated defending champions Gujarat Titans in a last-ball thriller to lift the title for the ‘record-equalling’ 5th time. It was an emotional moment for fans all across the world as they saw Dhoni lead CSK all the way in what was seen as his last match in the tournament’s history. In an emotional video shared by the IPL on Tuesday morning, Dhoni could be seen lifting Ravindra Jadeja in celebration while also acknowledging GT skipper Hardik Pandya for his side’s effort. Later, daughter Ziva came and gave Dhoni a big hug, congratulating on the title.

After clinching the title, Dhoni’s daughter Ziva was seen lifting the IPL trophy with CSK players, celebrating the gigantic triumph at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Here’s the beautiful video, summing up the emotional moments after Ravindra Jadeja’s match-winning four.

Jadeja hit 10 runs off the final two balls as Chennai chased down their revised target of 171 in 15 overs with five wickets to spare in a rain-hit final which went past 1.30 am local time Tuesday on a reserve day in Ahmedabad following a washout on Sunday.

New Zealand’s Devon Conway led the chase with his 25-ball 47 before cameos from Ajinkya Rahane (27) and Shivam Dube, who hit an unbeaten 32, set the stage for Jadeja’s heroics.

Needing 13 off the final over, Mohit Sharma bowled four good balls before Jadeja hit the winning runs to trigger wild celebrations at the world’s biggest cricket stadium.

Chennai won the title for the fifth time to go level with Mumbai Indians.

Dhoni kept attracting huge crowds across venues this season and over 80,000 fans cheered the veteran, who had recently said he would take a call on his future later this year, in the final.

Ambati Rayudu also hit a key 19 off eight balls in his last match after he announced his retirement ahead of the final.

Rain forced players off the ground when Chennai were four without loss after three balls of their innings.

The downpour lasted for about 15 minutes but covers came off from one of the pitches which got damp and the groundstaff worked for over two hours to get the field ready for play.

Sai Sudharsan smashed 96 off 47 balls to guide Gujarat, a team that won the crown in their debut season last year in the T20 competition and topped the table in this edition, to 214-4.

With AFP inputs

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‘It will be a gift from me’: MS Dhoni hasn’t ruled out playing another IPL season | Cricket News – Times of India

MS Dhoni isn’t sure and wants to see how his body responds over the next 6-7 months; but the Chennai Super Kings‘ skipper hasn’t ruled out playing another season of the Indian Premier and said “it would be a gift” from him to his fans who have made him emotional with their love.
The talismanic former India captain led CSK to a record-equalling fifth IPL title on Monday, beating Gujarat Titans on the rain-curtailed reserve day of the final after bad weather didn’t allow any play on Sunday.

Ravindra Jadeja held his nerve to score 15 not out off 6 balls and take CSK to the revised (DLS) target of 171 in 15 overs off the last ball for a five-wicket win. GT had scored 214/4 in their stipulated 20 overs, thanks to Sai Sudharsan’s blistering 96 off 47 balls.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, the 41-year-old Dhoni shared his thoughts on the question on everyone’s mind: Is this his last IPL?
“Circumstantially, this is the best time to announce my retirement. But the amount of love I have received all over, the easy thing would be to walk away from here, but the harder thing would be to work hard for nine months and try to play another IPL,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni has been the cynosure of all eyes ever since the Indian Premier League began this year and in a fitting end to the finale, the captain finished with a record-levelling fifth trophy.

This IPL his fans from across the country went to the venues in large numbers to cheer for him, chanting his name wherever CSK have played.
“It would be a gift from me, won’t be easy on the body. You do get emotional. The first game at CSK, everyone was chanting my name. My eyes were full of water, I needed to take some time off in the dugout.
“I realised I need to enjoy this. I think they love me for what I am, I don’t try to portray something I’m not. Just keep it simple,” Dhoni said.

Speaking about the match, Dhoni said, “Every trophy is special, but what is special about IPL is every crunch game you need to be ready. There were lapses today, the bowling department didn’t work, but it was the batting department that took the pressure off them today.
“I do get frustrated, it is human but I try to step into their shoes, every individual deals with pressure differently. Ajinkya (Rahane) and a few others are experienced, so you don’t worry. If anyone is confused, then can always ask,” he concluded.


(With agency inputs)

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Different Shades Of Thala: MS Dhoni’s Many Moods During IPL 2023 Final Last-Over Drama | Cricket News

From the start of IPL 2023, one man who was showered with all the adulation at every venue was MS Dhoni. Wherever Chennai Super Kings played, be it at home Chennai or in away matches, Dhoni had the crowd backing him. It was only fitting that it was Dhoni’s CSK which lifted the title in Ahmedabad defeating Gujarat Titans by five wickets. However, the task was not easy. Chasing 171 in 15 overs (the target was revised due to rain interruption), CSK  needed 13 off the last over. Only three runs were scored in the first four balls, but then the genius Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and a four off Mohit Sharma to take CSK over the line. MS Dhoni was not even looking at the play when the last ball was being bowled and he sat calmly in the dugout.

But once the match was completed, even he too celebrated like a child and lifted Jadeja.

Under the stewardship of the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings embellished their already fabulous record in the IPL with a fifth title triumph, beating Gujarat Titans by five wickets in a thrilling summit showdown here on Monday.

Dhoni has been the cynosure of all eyes ever since the Indian Premier League began this year and in a fitting end to the finale, the captain finished with a record-levelling fifth trophy.

B Sai Sudharsan slammed 96 in 47 balls as Gujarat Titans posted 214 for four after being asked to bat first.

Set a revised target of 171 in 15 overs after rain interrupted play at the start of the second innings of a final that was pushed to the reserve day owing to heavy downpour, CSK completed the task in the last ball, in what could turn out to be Dhoni’s final outing in the T20 league.

Ravindra Jadeja struck a six and a four off Mohit Sharma in the final two balls to win it for CSK and even as the players in the yellow jersey run onto the field, Dhoni remained in the dugout, his eyes closed.

With PTI inputs

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Sai Sudharshan Enters History Books, Breaks 9-Year-Old Record In IPL 2023 Final | Cricket News

Gujarat Titans’ 21-year-old Sai Sudharsan played the scintillating innings to notch up the highest score by an uncapped player in the history of the Indian Premier League final. Sudharsan achieved this feat during the IPL 2023 final match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday where he played a sensational innings of 96 off just 47 balls. Sudharsan also became the second-youngest batter to score a half-century in the IPL final. At the age of 21 years and 226 days, He broke the record of Manan Vohra, who scored a fifty in the IPL 2014 final, at the age of 20 years and 318 days. GT acquired Sudharsan for Rs. 20 lakh in the IPL 2022 auction.

Coming to the match, Sai Sudharsan’s sensational knock of 96 and Wriddhiman Saha’s fine fifty propelled Gujarat Titans (GT) to 214/4 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 here at Narendra Modi Stadium on Monday.

Sudharsan scored the highest for Gujarat with a sensational 96 off 47 deliveries while Saha played a fine knock of 54 off 39 balls. For CSK, Matheesha Pathirana bagged two while Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja scalped one wicket each.

After being put to bat first, Gujarat Titans got off to the finest start with their openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha slamming CSK bowlers all around the ground.

The Gujarat openers rotated the strike brilliantly, not allowing the CSK bowlers to settle down while whacking the loose balls on offer.

CSK’s experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja provided his team with a big breakthrough as he dismissed star batter Gill for 39 off 20 balls in the seventh over of the game. However, Saha displayed great resilience and determination as he slammed CSK bowlers at regular intervals.

The left-handed batter Sai Sudharsan then came out to bat. The pair of Saha and Sudharsan took their team’s target beyond the 100-run mark, stitching up a fine partnership.

Saha continued his blistering form as he brought up his half-century in 36 balls. Saha’s innings at the crease was cut short as he was sent packing by Deepak Chahar after scoring 54 runs. GT captain and right-handed batter Hardik Pandya came out to bat.

Sudharsan opened his hands and slammed Maheesh Theekshana for two big sixes in the 15th over of the game. The fantastic youngster Sudharsan slammed a sensational half-century in 33 balls and kept the scoreboard ticking for Gujarat.

Sudharsan kept the momentum going for Gujarat Titans as he slammed boundaries at regular intervals. Sudharsan single-handedly hammered Tushar Deshpande for 20 runs with the help of three boundaries and one maximum in the 17th over.

Pandya and Sudharsan stitched up fifty run partnership stand in just 23 balls. Pandya and Sudharsan hammered Deshpande for 18 runs and guided their team beyond the 200-run mark.

CSK bowlers did not had any answer to Sudharsan’s on slaughter as the batter kept hammering every bower all around the ground.

In the last over, Sudharsan slammed two back-to-back sixes, however, he lost his wicket to Matheesha Pathirana. Sudharsan fell short of 4 runs off making his maiden IPL century. Rashid Khan then came out to bat.

Pathirana then delivered superb balls and took the wicket of Rashid Khan on the last ball of the final over to restrict GT to 214/4 in 20 overs.

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CSK vs GT IPL Final: Chennai Super Kings to chase 171 in 15 overs vs Gujarat Titans | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The highly anticipated IPL final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans took an unexpected turn as rain interrupted the match, leading to a revised target for CSK in their chase. After a lengthy delay, CSK were set a revised target of 171 runs to win the match in 15 overs against the defending champions, Gujarat Titans.
The rain arrived in Ahmedabad when Chennai had just begun their chase, with the team’s score at four runs without any loss after three balls. The match had already been rescheduled to a reserve day after being washed out on Sunday.
The downpour lasted approximately 15 minutes, and although the covers were removed from one of the pitches, the ground staff had to put in more than two hours of hard work to prepare the field for resumption of play.

This IPL final is speculated to be a significant milestone for Chennai’s captain, MS Dhoni, as it is believed to be his last match. Thousands of fans wearing the yellow jersey, synonymous with Dhoni’s stardom, have filled the world’s largest cricket stadium to witness the momentous occasion.
Earlier in the match, Gujarat Titans’ batsman Sai Sudharsan played a scintillating innings, smashing 96 runs and propelling his team to a mammoth total of 214 for the loss of four wickets. This score sets a new record for the highest total in an IPL final, showcasing the firepower of the Gujarat Titans’ batting lineup.
As the match resumes with a revised target, the stage is set for an exhilarating chase as CSK strives to overcome the challenge posed by Gujarat Titans and emerge as champions of the IPL 2023 season.
(With inputs from AFP)

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