10 Best moments of IPL 2017
IPL 2017 never had a dull moment during 45 days of action packed cricket. We bring you the 10 best moments of the tournament.
Published - May 24, 2017 11:04 pm | Updated - May 24, 2017 11:04 pm
Mumbai Indians were crowned champions on Sunday night when they miraculously won the finals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad as they defeated RPS by 1 run. It was a fantastic team effort by Mumbai Indians who stuck to their task in the field and raised the intensity during RPS’s chase.
This win summed the season up for MI as they repeatedly found players who raised their hand up during crunch situations. RPS would be ruing the missed opportunity but they must be proud of the way they played in the entire tournament. After losing three out of their first four games, they came back strongly to get into the finals. The loss will be definitely hurting at the moment but the players can only do much to change the result now.
The tenth edition of the IPL was again very successful and widely followed by a lot of people not just in India but overseas as well. There were some thrilling contests this year and in the end, it was Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai who held their nerve in the finals to register a come-from-behind win. A lot of fine young talents emerged this year with Basil Thampi being the best of the lot as he won the emerging player’s award this season.
A 45-day long tournament calls to revisit the ten best moments of the IPL this year which are listed as follows:
1. Dhoni turns the clock back:
Dhoni was under enormous pressure this year purely due to the fact that he was axed from the captainship at the start of the season. When that happens, a cricketer is always under pressure to come good as a playing member of the XI. Dhoni had a mixed season as he had just one good knock – 61* against SRH at home. Apart from that innings, where he guided his team home in a tensed chase, there weren’t any particular contributions from the former India captain.
He decided to make a telling contribution in the 1st Qualifier when he smashed the Mumbai Indians bowlers all around the park to remain unbeaten on 40. The magnitude of his knock goes a long way. RPS were struggling when he came out to bat but Dhoni ensured that the team total crossed 160, which was eventually too much for MI to chase. Dhoni faced just 26 balls and hit five sixes, four of which came in the last 8 balls he faced. It was vintage Dhoni on display as he collected 41 runs in the last two overs to get momentum behind RPS.