Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said that it was an emotional moment for the side when it clinched a berth in the IPL 2021 final, adding that the look in Dhoni's eyes before he went out to bat with 24 required off 11 deliveries against Delhi Capitals indicated that he was determined.
Dhoni played a cameo of 18 not out off six balls to see the three-time champions through to their ninth IPL final in a thrilling win. Needing 24 off 11 balls and later 13 off 6, in Qualifier 1 against DC, Dhoni smashed a six off Avesh Khan and hit three fours off Tom Curran in the final over.
It was emotionally great for us. We wish him (well) every time he goes out, we know the pressure that he has and the expectations that is on him every time he goes out and once again he came up trumps for us. It was emotional in the changing rooms; that's very important. But also, the captain had an opportunity to do that for us, Fleming said.