On Thursday, the cricket world was stunned by the announcement that Chennai Super Kings legend MS Dhoni will not be captain of the franchise from IPL 2022 onwards, after leading the team to six titles.
The franchise said in a statement that Dhoni has given the captaincy mantle to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who will become CSK’s third captain. Here are 7 incredible records of MS Dhoni in the IPL :
1. Only player to score a 50 in five batting positions
Because of the short nature of the game, scoring a 50 in T20s is difficult. The top-order batsmen have a greater chance of scoring a half-century than the lower-order batsmen. MS Dhoni is one of the rare big-hitters who has scored half-centuries moving down the order. In the IPL, Dhoni has a fifty in every position he has batted.
2. Only player to have scored 500+ runs in the 20th over
MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the greatest finishers in cricket history. His calmness throughout death overs is a talent that every player aspires to have. Throughout his 15-year career, the world has seen him dominate the final overs of numerous matches. Dhoni has nearly always delivered in the 20th over, irrespective of who the bowler is.
3. Oldest captain to win IPL trophy
After CSK thrashed KKR by 27 runs in the final match of the 14th season, Dhoni became the oldest captain to win an IPL title. CSK beat KKR in the final of the world’s richest T20 tournament because of Faf du Plessis’ 86-run knock and Shardul Thakur‘s three-wicket haul. After Rohit Sharma, the 40-year-old became the second captain to win three or more IPL trophies. At the age of 39, legendary Australian bowler Shane Warne won the maiden season of the IPL as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. At the age of 37, Australian southpaw Adam Gilchrist led the Deccan Chargers to IPL success in 2009.
4. Most IPL Matches as a Captain
Dhoni has also captained the most matches in the IPL, having started as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings team in the inaugural edition in 2008. Dhoni is one of the most popular characters among Indian fans, having won four IPL titles, the second-most of any player. Among the IPL franchises, Dhoni is the only player to have captained 200 or more games.
5. Wicket-keeper with most dismissals in IPL history
If there’s one facet of Dhoni’s game that gets overlooked, it’s his wicket-keeping. He may lack the athleticism of Adam Gilchrist, but he makes up for it with his distinctive technique. The CSK skipper keeps closer to the stumps than other keepers do, giving him more time to inflict stumpings and run-outs. His efficiency has improved with time.
6. Only player to have captained his coaches
MS Dhoni has an unusual record of captaining his current teams. In the inaugural season, CSK’s head coach Stephen Fleming played 10 games for the team. He then went on to become the team’s coach. Michael Hussey played seven seasons with Dhoni, while Lakshmipathy Balaji played three. In 2018, they were named batting and bowling coaches, respectively.
7. Champions Trophy Titles
Along with IPL titles, Dhoni has won Champions Trophy titles as well. Dhoni is the only Indian skipper to have won the Champions Trophy more than once.