Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be playing their 8th final of the tournament. Ahead of the high-octane IPL 2019 final between CSK and Mumbai Indians (MI). Former IPL auctioneer Richard Madley shared a “rare piece of cricket memorabilia” featuring the CSK skipper. Dhoni, who led CSK to the IPL title thrice in 2010, 2011 and 2018, has never gone under the auction hammer after being sold to CSK in 2008.
Richard went on to share the auction sheet of the first-ever IPL auction, along with the picture, he tweeted: “Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008. @msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL. A rare piece of cricket memorabilia. Will be watching #CSKvMI.”
Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008.@msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL A rare piece of cricket memorabilia
Will be watching #CSKvMI on @hotstarUK #CricketMeriJaan #WhistlePodu #VIVOIPLFinal pic.twitter.com/5M5qY2tPy5
— Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019
Defending champions CSK rejoiced in Madley’s nostalgic post on Twitter. Replying to Madley’s tweet, CSK wrote: “And the rest is #WhistlePodu”.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 12, 2019
This is for the fourth time when CSK and MI will be locking horns with each other in an IPL final. In 2010, Chennai won their maiden IPL title by defeating Mumbai by 22 runs. In 2013, Mumbai avenged their defeat and crushed CSK by 23 runs to win their first-ever IPL title. The Rohit Sharma-led added to their trophy cabinet by with an emphatic 41-run win over Dhoni’s CSK in the 2015 edition of the IPL final.
Now, both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are looking forward to lifing their four IPL title. This will also be the fourth encounter between the two sides in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Mumbai outplayed CSK in both home and away matches of the league stage before defeating them in the Qualifier 1 to book a final spot.