May 27 is a date of significant value for the Indian cricket fans. IPL fanatics have this date etched in their memory; Especially if you are a Chennai Super Kings or a Kolkata Knight Riders’ fan. On this day, both CSK and KKR lifted the Indian Premier League trophy. However, its the same day, the teams won their respective trophy 6 years apart from each other.
The title victories of both the teams hold very different sentiments for the fans. While KKR finally ended their four-year title drought in 2012 and showed their potential, it was CSK who announced their return to IPL in 2018 by lifting the trophy.
On May 27, 2012, under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their maiden IPL title. The Kolkata based franchise won against defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram stadium to lift their first IPL trophy.
Gautam Gambhir joined the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. He was the highest-paid player going for a whooping at $2.4 million. The gutsy Gambhir repaid the faith put in him by the franchise and superbly led them to their first title.
KKR won 10 league games out of 16 and defeated Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier to cement a spot for themselves in final against CSK.
Manvinder Bisla smashed 89 off 48 balls as KKR chased down the 191-run target to win their maiden trophy. Bisla was well supported by Soth African all-rounder Jacque Kallis. Kallis scored a solid 69 as KKR finished up the game with 2 balls to spare.
Chennai Super Kings made an emotional return to the IPL in 2018 after serving their two-year suspension. MS Dhoni-led the Chennai Super Kings as they crushed the Sunrisers Hyderabad to lift their third title on May 27 2018.
It was their first title win since 2011 which made MSD the joint-most successful captain in the IPL. Dhoni and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma both captained their team to 3 IPL titles till 2018. However, Rohit Sharma raced ahead as he defeated MS Dhoni-led CSK in the 2019 IPL final.
Shane Watson single-handedly guided CSK to victory with his unbeaten 117 off 57 balls. The highest score in an IPL final, as they chased down 179 in just 18.3 overs at the Wankhede Stadium.