“I think there was extra motivation. There was emotion involved in wanting to do well and getting back into the competition,” Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said.
“The players have always been motivated, it was just a case of harnessing that emotion.
“It’s a tough competition. It’s the toughest year it’s been. The teams are getting smarter with who they pick.
“We valued experience for consistency. Guys who could repeatedly do it. We found that the guys who get on a roll — the Rayudus, Watsons, Dhonis, Rainas — they take you deep in the tournament. Good enough to win? Who knows what’s on the day. Today, thankfully, it was ours.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson admitted Shane Watson’s unbeaten 117 turned out to be the difference.
“That was a brilliant innings,” Williamson said. “At the halfway stage, we definitely thought it was a competitive total. It wasn’t your usual surface in terms of Wankhede. It sort of held a little bit and got slower so we thought 180 was good and we saw that from our first five overs that it wouldn’t be easy to get.
“But from then on, Watson kicked into play. He turns up and gets a hundred in a final. That is, obviously, a significant effort.
“Great contribution to their side and difficult to stop. A fantastic knock that saw his side home.”