For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the summit clash of the marquee tournament has been moved to a reserve day. The IPL 2023 final has been rescheduled to Monday, May 29, at 7:30 PM IST.
The final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 between the 4-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) was all set to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Sunday, May 28.
However, due to the on-again, off-again rain in Ahmedabad, the IPL 2023 final was forced into the reserve day. Notably, due to heavy rain in the city, the toss didn’t take place and even the artists such as King and Divine were not able to perform.
After the rain stopped for a while, umpire Nitin Menon was quite optimistic that a 5-over-a-side game can be played, but around 10.55 pm the rain was back and the officials decided to postpone the game. Also, things are not looking very good for Monday, as the weather is expected to be cloudy and there is a chance of rain.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), an IPL final will be played on Monday. Previously, there have been 3 instances of non-Sunday IPL finals.
Non-Sunday Finals In The IPL:
2011: CSK vs RCB (Saturday, 28 May)
2020: MI vs DC (Tuesday, 10 Nov)
2021: CSK vs KKR (Friday, 15 Oct)
2023: CSK vs GT (Monday, 29 May)
Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya React As IPL 2023 Final Moves Into Reserve Day
Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to state that the match being postponed was unfortunate but was hopeful of seeing a full house on Monday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“Unfortunately, the match could not take place today but look forward to a full house tomorrow. See you then!,” Hardik Pandya tweeted.
Star opening batsman Shubman Gill thanked the fans for being present at the venue despite heavy rain and urged the fans to keep their spirits high.
“A big thank you to our fans for your unwavering support despite rain. Please keep your physical tickets safe, as we’d see you tomorrow, i.e. May 29. Keep your spirit high so that we can also give our best! @gujarat_titans #AavaDe @IPL,” Shubman Gill tweeted.
In an official statement issued by the BCCI, it was stated that the fans can enter the stadium using the same physical ticket on Monday.
“Fans who had their tickets for the TATA IPL Final on May 28th will now be able to enter the stadium with their existing physical tickets on May 29th.
“The BCCI would like to thank the fans present tonight for their patience and support. We request them to come in big numbers to support their favorite IPL teams at the grand finale of the TATA IPL 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad,” a statement from IPL read.