CSK wins IPL Finals: “Grateful” Faf Du Plessis wins title in 100th IPL game; wins MOTM against KKR

CSK vs KKR Finals: Dad’s army senior Lieutenant Faf du Plessis puts up a SUPER-SHOW in finals. He also completed 600+ runs in IPL 2021.
CSK vs KKR Finals: Dad’s army senior Lieutenant Faf du Plessis puts up a SUPER-SHOW in finals. He also completed 600+ runs in IPL 2021.

CSK wins IPL Finals: Du Plessis pleased to win title in 100th game, puts in MOTM performance – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had Faf du Plessis to thank on Friday after the veteran South African played a crucial role in helping MS Dhoni and Co. win the IPL. Du Plessis scored a stunning 86 to lead Chennai to 192/3 in their 20 overs before the bowlers did their jobs and sealed a 27-run win. The 37-year-old missed the Orange Cap by just two runs, but was adjudged the player of the match for his efforts.

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CSK wins IPL Finals: “Grateful” Faf Du Plessis wins title in 100th IPL game; wins MOTM against KKR

CSK wins IPL Finals: Faf du Plessis has been a staple with the Chennai Super Kings over the years and the South African has repaid the faith with some great consistency over the years. On Friday, the 37-year-old scored a stellar 86 in the IPL 2021 final, helping his team post 192 on the board, which eventually proved to be too much for KKR. Incidentally, it was Du Plessis’ 100th IPL game, and the former South African captain expressed his gratitude in what was indeed a special day for him.

Speaking during the post-match presentation, Faf du Plessis said, “That was a great day. I am really grateful for today. It was also my 100th game in the IPL. I have loved my time here. I have done almost ten years here – two seasons were a bit of a break. No. 4 in the trophy cabinet is really good.” 

CSK wins IPL Finals: “Grateful” Faf Du Plessis wins title in 100th IPL game; wins MOTM against KKR

Du Plessis finished just two runs shy of the Orange Cap, finishing second to opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad. The South African lavished praise on his partner and believes that the 24-year-old has a long career ahead. He said, “Ruturaj Gaikwad is a special talent. Indian cricket is blessed with talent. He is getting better. He’s got a super, bright future ahead of him. I have a word with him, but I don’t think he needs me.”

Faf du Plessis also shared a special record with Gaikwad as the duo added 750+ runs in IPL 2021. It speaks volumes about their contributions as CSK completed a dramatic turn to enter the finals after a forgetful season in UAE last year.

  • 939 V Kohli – AB de Villiers (2016)
  • 791 D Warner – J Bairstow (2019)
  • 756 R Gaikwad – Faf du Plessis (2021) *
  • 744 S Dhawan – P Shaw (2021)
  • 731 S Dhawan – D Warner (2016)

CSK wins IPL Finals: “Grateful” Faf Du Plessis wins title in 100th IPL game; wins MOTM against KKR