Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
IPL winning skipper MS Dhoni was full of praise for his side after the Chennai Super Kings become the first side to record back to back Indian Premier League triumphs.
Speaking after the game, Dhoni said his side at saved their best performance for the final and he singled out Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay for special praise after the opening stand of 159.
"Well you can say we saved the best for the last. Vijay and Hussey gave us a great start and stayed till the 15-16th over. Hence we could maintain the momentum and score over 200 runs," said Dhoni after the game.
"You want to show intent in a final and show you want to win it," he added.
The skipper also praised off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who picked up three wickets including that of Chris Gayle in the opening over of the Royal Challengers run chase.
"Ashwin bowled really well, he has real heart to toss the ball really well up even with just two fielders outside. Very contributive performance," he said.
Dhoni also admitted most fans across the country were emotionally drained after Indian won the World Cup at the start of April and some found it hard to follow the tournament until the closing stages.
"The whole of India wanted the country to win the World Cup and we did. The fans were a bit emotionally drained after the World Cup to come out in large numbers initially in the IPL. But they later came out to watch the IPL," he said.