Chennai Super Kings, in the first eight editions of the IPL, have been nothing short of brilliant. As the journey progressed, the fans were treated to several mouthwatering showpieces of skill and sport. Here are five that we think will make you relive those fanboy moments-

 

I       Virat Kohli’s Vada Poche Moment

CSK and RCB have had high octane encounters. One such is the 2012 encounter that was once the highest successful run chase in IPL. CSK needed 43 in 12 balls to chase down a target of 206. In the penultimate over, skipper Danielle Vettori tossed the ball up to a young Virat kohli as Chris Gayle was unavailable to bowl owing to a groin niggle. Albie Morkel was facing only his first delivery that match and at the end of 6 balls, he had blasted 28 runs which included 3 maximums and 2 boundaries. CSK managed to chase down the remaining 15 in the last over and seal the game. Virat Kohli went on to become the best in the world, but we can’t help but smile at the sight of CSK steal a win in the manner they did.

 

II          Suresh Raina and His Blitzkrieg

 

IPL 2014 saw an epic clash between CSK and Kings XI at the second eliminator to seal a final berth. Kings XI posted 226 riding on Sehwag’s century and dismissed Faf du Plessis in the first over. What followed was an absolute freak show from vice captain Suresh Raina. Mr. IPL smacked the Kings XI bowlers around the park to bring up a 16 ball half century. He further went on to add 30 odd runs from a solitary Awana over to race to 87 off 25, bringing down the required run rate from 11.3 to just over 9. However, a direct hit by skipper George Bailey saw Raina short of his crease and eventually CSK short of their target by 24 runs. Despite this, that day will be remembered for the monstrous innings by Raina and magic that lasted 6 overs.

 

 

 

III     Vada Poche Moment for RCB …. again!

 

Chennai , IPL 2013, RCB ran CSK close in this particular match that saw it go down to the last ball. With 16 runs required of the last over, RP Singh was tasked with seeing RCB through. It finally came down to 2 runs required of the last ball and ‘Sir’ Jadeja on strike. RP Singh bowls an outside off stump shortish delivery taking it away from the natural striking zone of Jadeja. The ploy worked as Jadeja cut and found third man! Indeed, the game was considered over until the umpire declared it a no ball which was confirmed by replays. The sight of RCB celebrating and then realising the turn of events especially that of Kohli’s is a sight to remember for CSK fans. We love you Virat, but we bleed yellow and can’t help it.

 

 

 

IV     MS Dhoni’s Show of Aggression

 

In the IPL edition of 2010 at Dharamsala, MS Dhoni rampaged Irfan Pathan in the last over of the game and saw off the game with last ball six and two deliveries to spare. Finishing off games in the last over with a six is just another day at the office for Captain Cool, but on that day, the Dharamsala crowd saw something else, a visibly frustrated Dhoni, who lashed on to his helmet to vent out steam. The image of Dhoni doing it and its sheer impossibility to believe unless seen has become an iconic image of CSK’s aggression.

 

V     Balaji’s showboating

Yet another Kings XI encounter during a 2008 encounter in Chennai!  Homeboy L Balaji picked up the first ever hat trick in IPL in the final over of the match when 25 runs were needed. Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh were his victims as he also picked up a five wicket haul, only the second in the tournament then. Balaji will go on to serve Indian cricket and CSK for many years to come and with every ball that this Tamil Nadu speedster sends down, there is a fond memory of a brilliant spell in front of his home fans.

Plotting the top moments of a franchise that has been delivering top class results is not easy. While some were judged based on impact factor, some were purely based on my emotional connect as a fan. So go ahead, tell me what should or shouldn’t make it to the list. Murali Vijay’s century? Ashwin dismissing Gayle? Or Raina’s Champion Trophy century? Let me know in the comments section.

Ramkumar Nair

Cricaddict and Foodie

Senior Executive

22Yards

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