MS Dhoni’s record in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is truly astounding, leading the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a record of 11 playoff appearances and 4 championships.
Dhoni has been CSK’s captain since the first edition of IPL and continues to lead the team to new heights. For a small interval of time, Jadeja was the captain of CSK. Although Jadeja had said before that Dhoni would be the best at guiding the team.
Not only was he a successful leader, but Dhoni was also a consistent performer on the field. In his 234 IPL games, he has scored 4,978 runs and 24 fifties at an average of 39.20.
Dhoni is truly the heart of CSK and remains an important player for the team. Captain Cool has set many records, but in this article, we’ll take a look at the top three MS Dhoni records that are unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
3. Most sixes in the 20th over
Some players may be reluctant to take risks and adjust their strategy to avoid losing their place on the team. However, MS Dhoni is not one of those players. He maintains a positive mindset and challenges opposing bowlers with confidence. This mindset is also reflected in his approach to batting. He delivers the best game at the decisive moment to deliver results based on experience and confidence.
Dhoni’s ability to play under pressure is evident. He has hit 52 sixers in the 20th over of the IPL so far, the most in league history.
Dhoni’s closest mates are Kieron Pollard (33) and Ravindra Jadeja (26). This stat shows his impact on the game, especially at the end of the inning, and how he can turn the tide of the game in his team’s favor.
2. Dhoni’s fifties in five different batting positions
A hitter excels at a variety of positions in all formats of the game, as it requires unique skills to effectively assess the current state of the game, one’s own strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to adapt to different scenarios. It is not common.
Read More:- IPL 2023: Five Indians Expected to Score Their First 100
However, MS Dhoni has proven to be an exception to this standard, especially in IPL. Since 2008, he has played in all batting positions for CSK (3rd to 7th). He has an impressive 30-plus batting average across all positions, and his best average is 47.54 for fifth place. His best finish in the tournament is 84* when he batted at six.
Rarely do players have both the opportunity and the ability to bat for all positions, but Dhoni has shown his extraordinary talent by successfully overcoming this challenge in the IPL. He achieved half-centuries in all numbers and a total of 24 during his IPL career.
1. Most matches as a skipper
The team’s success, combined with MS Dhoni’s charismatic leadership, made CSK a fan favorite. No.7’s dedication to the team is demonstrated by the fact that he missed just one match with CSK in 2019 due to a fever. He has now captained CSK for a total of 210 games and is the most in IPL.
Other key captains include Rohit Sharma of Mumbai where he has made 143 appearances as Indians captain and Virat Kohli who has made 140 appearances as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
MS Dhoni’s captaincy, dedication, and leadership have contributed to CSK’s success and cemented his position as one of the greatest leaders in IPL history.