For the first time in the history of IPL! MS Dhoni is on the verge of a mega milestone for Chennai Super Kings
India’s legendary wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the 200th time in the Indian premier league when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at their home ground at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Wednesday. MS Dhoni is the most consistent captain in the history of Indian Premier League. He has led CSK to 4 IPL titles (2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 edition). Even though Mumbai Indians (MI) have won 5 IPL trophies, MS-led CSK have the advantage of consistency. He has led CSK to the final four stages of the tournament in 11 of the 13 editions of the league, with the team finishing as runners-up 5 times.
MS Dhoni has captained the IPL 213 times, out of which he has won 125 matches, lost 87 and failed to produce a result. His win percentage of 58.96 makes him the most successful IPL captain in a long time.
He also had a one-season stint as captain with Rising Pune Supergiant, which temporarily existed in the IPL from 2016 to 2017. He won 9 out of 14 matches with the franchise during the 2016 season and finished seventh. On the points table.
He has so far led CSK in 199 out of 213 matches, winning 120, losing 78 and failing to produce a result. His win percentage with CSK as captain is 60.30 percent.
MS Dhoni is also a prolific batsman in the IPL, having scored 5,004 runs in league history at an average of 39.09 and a strike rate of over 135. He has scored 24 fifties in his IPL career, with a best of 84*.
The occasion will be special for MS Dhoni, who is likely to be playing his last IPL season, currently at the age of 41. He has enough star power to make this event a memorable one for the Indian legend with his performance.
Ruturaj Gaekwad is in top form with 189 runs in 3 matches, he can count on the support of the consistent Devon Conway, his opening partner with whom he has put up many memorable stands. Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a 19-ball half-century in the last match against Mumbai Indians, and veteran Ambati Rayudu can also be a source of support and stability for the team.
The true strength of the team lies in its pool of all-rounders, who are capable of anchoring, power-hitting and taking crucial wickets. Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Shivam Dubey and Rajvardhan Hungergakar with their all-round abilities provide CSK with a great support system and diversity.
These all-rounders also help CSK’s bowling a lot, including medium-pacers Tushar Deshpande, Sisanda Magala. Absence of fast bowler Deepak Chahar will affect CSK a lot. However, the return of spinner Mahesh Thikshana is a booster for the four-time champions.
CSK, sitting at the fifth position with two wins and four losses, have to move forward in the competition. But their immediate focus should be Rajasthan Royals, who are looking like the team to beat this season and are second in the win-loss department with the same figures as CSK.