Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has expressed gratitude to the fans at homes for their support during the ongoing Indian Premier League edition in the UAE in which the three-time champions failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their IPL history.
The MS Dhoni-led, CSK that is already out of contention of making a top-four finish, came out with improved performance compared to their earlier games as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in a thrilling manner on Thursday. CSK chased down the 173-run target on the last ball of the match, with Jadeja smashing back-to-back sixes as they defeated KKR by 6 wickets and dented their chances of making it to the playoffs.
"This one was for the fans. Thank you for the fantastic support", tweeted Jadeja after playing an incredible knock of unbeaten 31 from just 11 deliveries. Apart from him, the young Ruturaj Gaikwad came out with yet another match-winning performance as he scored 73 runs to anchor the chase.
"I was hitting the ball well in the nets and kept thinking about that and I managed to do that in the match. We (me and Curran) were talking about going after the bowlers, and in the last 12 balls, you don't think much. Just see the ball and hit the ball", Jadeja had said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
"I was looking to not lose my shape, and I knew if they bowled in my arc, I could hit a six. Winning every game always means a lot to us", he added.
CSK's win over KKR made sure that the table topper, Mumbai Indians qualify for the playoffs and becomes the first team to do so. CSK, having 10 points from 13 games, will play their final match of the tournament against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.