After a two-year-long suspension, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their third IPL title in style, easily chasing down the 178 set by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), with nine balls to spare. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where the match was held, was engulfed in a sea of yellow, thanks to fans displaying their immense support for the Chennai team. With nine wins each, SRH and CSK topped the league stage and also squared off in the first qualifier. The final was the fourth match between the two teams this season, with CSK emerging victorious in all.
While they continued to dominate the field, CSK faced turbulent times off it. Burning issues like the Cauvery water dispute and the Sterlite protests led to multiple agitations in Tamil Nadu. After just one home game, CSK’s home matches had to be moved away from their base in Chepauk, as a few fringe groups and some from within the Tamil film industry felt that it wouldn’t be right for matches to be held at Chennai when the Cauvery issue hadn’t been resolved. Many of the team’s loyal fans felt let down.
Pune, which was picked as CSK’s new base, saw a large number of fans dressed in yellow as a show of support for the team. In an unprecedented move, the team’s management arranged for a passenger train to ferry fans from Chennai to Pune. The team’s efforts bore fruits, with the win making fans euphoric.
Given its reputation as the most-loved IPL team, CSK’s fan base is spread far and wide. Many from within the film industry tweeted their appreciation for the team and shared their excitement in the wake of the title win:
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 27, 2018
7 time Finalists and 3rd time Winners. @ChennaiIPL truly deserves to be awarded for being the champions that they are! What an exciting finish to the series! #IPL2018Finals #CSKvsSRH pic.twitter.com/z8cYkSOcST
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) May 27, 2018
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) May 27, 2018
Captain Cool takes the @ChennaiIPL home to another IPL trophy! What an innings by @ShaneRWatson33 🙏
And kudos to @SunRisers for their stellar performance!
A breathtaking season of cricket. @msdhoni | #IPL2018Finals | #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/y9J64kH3fV
— Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) May 27, 2018
— Trish Krish (@trishtrashers) May 27, 2018
What a final!! What an intense match!! Mighty congratulations to all the truly well deserved champions of the #IPL2018 @ChennaiIPL on winning the league the third time!! 🏆Brilliant game by @ShaneRWatson33! #WhistlePodu #CSKvsSRH #IPL2018Final
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 27, 2018
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) May 27, 2018
— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) May 27, 2018
— priyadarshan (@priyadarshandir) May 27, 2018
Anirudh Ravichander (He fittingly tweeted a line from his recent viral hit ‘Kalyaana Vayasu’)
Break-uttu vandhaalum.. therikkaviduvene! 🥁#CSK
— Anirudh Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) May 27, 2018
— thaman S (@MusicThaman) May 27, 2018
— Rajiv Menon (@DirRajivMenon) May 27, 2018