MS Dhoni: IPL Career History

Well, It is not easy to be MS Dhoni! Just like how it was not easy to be Sachin Tendulkar. Every time the Master Blaster came out to the crease, the billion-people nation expected him to score nothing less than a century. The baton has been passed on, and it is the same – perhaps, worse – with MS Dhoni. Every time he has walked out in the middle, the fans have expected nothing but miracles from him. And it doesn’t stop there.

If he has failed as a batsman (his secondary role), but not as a wicket-keeper (his primary role) or as a captain, ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni has been at the receiving end of critics, former players, and fans! Even after achieving a rare feat of playing 200 IPL matches, MS Dhoni has some of the fiercest of critics to lambast his style of gameplay. (Also Read: IPL 2020 Official Schedule: Dream11 IPL 13 Matches TimeTable, Dates, And Venues in UAE)

Well, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni might have had a couple of bad seasons, and this one (IPL 2020) could be even worse for him. But it doesn’t diminish his aura, his legacy, or his glittery career that we all have loved time immemorial. Yes, we cannot like Dhoni’s performance of late, and his approaches recently, but the least we can do is to not hate the man he is. Let’s not forget he is the only captain to win all the ICC Trophies, and one of the most successful captains in the IPL. (Also read: IPL 2020 Points Table)

Let’s just understand the different aspects – captaincy, matches, batting record, wicket-keeping records – of this debate with some insightful IPL statistics.

MS Dhoni’s IPL Career: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Batting Performance in all IPL Seasons (CSK & RPS)
IPL Matches Runs Highest Avg. S/R 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
2020 10 164 47* 27.33 125.19 0 0 11 6 14 1
2019 15 416 84* 83.20 134.62 0 3 22 23 11 5
2018 16 455 79* 75.83 150.66 0 3 24 30 11 3
2017 16 290 61* 26.36 116.00 0 1 15 16 10 3
2016 14 284 64* 40.57 135.23 0 1 18 14 8 4
2015 17 372 53 31.00 121.96 0 1 27 17 8 3
2014 16 371 57* 74.20 148.40 0 1 22 20 3 1
2013 18 461 67* 41.90 162.89 0 4 32 25 15 2
2012 19 358 51* 29.83 128.77 0 1 26 9 12 2
2011 16 392 70* 43.55 158.70 0 2 25 23 5 5
2010 13 287 66* 31.88 136.66 0 2 26 8 5 6
2009 14 332 58* 41.50 127.20 0 2 22 9 4 4
2008 16 414 65 41.40 133.54 0 2 38 15 6 0
Total 200 4596 84* 41.40 137.35 0 23 308 215 112 39

A closer look at MS Dhoni’s IPL stats tells us that he has been there when his team has needed him the most. The CSK captain has managed to keep his average at 40+ all IPL seasons, and strike rate across the 13 seasons of IPL have been pretty much strong at 137.67. These are even higher than Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina (top 3 run-scorers in IPL history). So, why are we blaming MS Dhoni for everything?

MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings, CSK, IPL

Every player is coming off a long break due to Coronavirus pandemic. And this can’t be an excuse for poor performance. But is it not the truth? The last competitive match that he played was against New Zealand at World Cup 2019. The conditions in the UAE are not so favourable either. Even the best fitness-loving players are seen struggling in the middle. But, do we not know him as one of the greatest athletes in the Indian team, even at his age?

Here’s a look at the captaincy record. MS Dhoni has officiated in almost all the matches he has played in IPL history, except a few. And his record says it all. Mumbai Indians might have won 4 IPL trophies, but Dhoni has 3 trophies, and 4 runners-up against his name. Not to undermine Rohit’s calibre a bit here, but the point is Dhoni has successfully carried a franchise on his shoulder for nearly a decade, something no other player has ever done.

Most matches as IPL captain: MS Dhoni’s captaincy record in all IPL seasons:
Player IPL Captaincy Matches Win Loss Tied N/R Win %
MS Dhoni 2008-2020 184 107 76 0 1 58.46
Gautam Gambhir 2009-2018 129 71 57 1 0 55.42
Virat Kohli 2011-2020 119 54 58 3 4 48.26
Rohit Sharma 2013-2020 113 66 43 4 0 60.17
Adam Gilchrist 2008-2013 74 35 39 0 0 47.29
David Warner 2013-2020 56 29 26 1 0 52.67
Shane Warne 2008-2011 55 30 24 1 0 55.45
Virender Sehwag 2008-2015 53 28 24 1 0 53.77
Sachin Tendulkar 2008-2011 51 30 21 0 0 58.82

MS Dhoni CSK Captain, IPL records

So, it is not like Dhoni doesn’t know his game, or it is something new that he is doing. He knows what’s in the best interest of his team. He is playing according to the team strategy set by CSK management (which includes him as well). A couple of matches that went haywire and the entire gang of pseudo-fans are running after Dhoni’s life. Not to forget, the CSK’s openers are struggling, and so is their middle order. A team that won the IPL trophy 2 years back, and nearly clinched the IPL title last year, is struggling in foreign conditions. (Also read: For a Happy Life, I Dream).

Maybe something is wrong with the CSK in entirety and not a single person? It is a collective failure, where the CSK team has not managed to click as a unit! Speaking about his wicket-keeping skills, the performance behind the stumps hasn’t dipped either. A look at his statistics after completing 200 IPL matches tells a different story altogether.

Most wicket-keeping dismissals in IPL history: Best wicket-keeper in all IPL seasons:

Player Career Match Dismissal Catch Stumping Max Dis Inn Dis/Inn
MS Dhoni 2008-20 200 147 108 39 4 Ct 0.761
Dinesh Karthik 2008-20 191 135 105 30 3 Ct, 1 St 0.771
Robin Uthappa 2008-20 184 90 58 32 2 Ct, 2 St 0.789
Parthiv Patel 2008-19 139 82 66 16 4 Ct 0.672
Wridhiman Saha 2008-20 121 75 56 19 3 Ct, 1 St 0.742
Naman Ojha 2009-18 113 75 65 10 4 Ct 0.675
Adam Gilchrist 2008-13 80 67 51 16 4 Ct 0.837
Rishabh Pant 2016-20 61* 49 38 11 3 Ct 0.980
Quinton de Kock 2013-20 59 46 37 9 4 Ct 0.884

MS Dhoni CSK Skipper, IPL 2020

MS Dhoni shot to fame quite early in his career due to his flamboyant batting style. His popularity reached its pinnacle when he led India to its maiden T20 World Cup win in 2007, and ICC World Cup win in 2011. Since the first trophy in his silverware cabinet, there’s been no looking back. India, or even Chennai Super Kings, haven’t been able to find a worthy replacement yet. Be it about his wicket-keeping skills, batting prowess, or having an eagle-view of the game – MS Dhoni has aced every department he has been a part of. Well, DRS is not called ‘Dhoni Review System’ just like that.

Dhoni has earned every bit of respect in the last 15 years of his cricketing career. There might have been a rare couple of occasions, where you would have seen him lose his temper, but other than that, he’s earned the title of ‘Captain Cool’ too. A quick look at the players’ list of most IPL matches.

Most matches in IPL history – Player with most games in all IPL seasons combined:
Player Career Games Runs Highest Avg 100s Wkts BBI Avg 5W Ct St
MS Dhoni 2008-2020 200 4596 84* 41.40 0 112 39
Rohit Sharma 2008-2020 197 5158 109* 31.45 1 15 4/6 29.33 0 88 0
Suresh Raina 2008-2019 193 5368 100* 33.34 1 25 2/0 44.72 0 102 0
Dinesh Karthik 2008-2020 191 3795 97* 26.53 0 113 30
Virat Kohli 2008-2020 186 5759 113 38.65 5 4 2/25 92.00 0 75 0
Robin Uthappa 2008-2020 185 4539 87 28.19 0 86 32
Ravindra Jadeja 2008-2020 180 2121 50 25.25 0 112 5/16 30.33 1 67 0
Yusuf Pathan 2008-2019 174 3204 100 29.12 1 42 3/20 33.69 0 43 0
Shikhar Dhawan 2008-2020 169 5017 101* 34.84 1 4 1/7 16.50 0 72 0

MS Dhoni Career Statistics

Time to bid adieu or there’s still some fire?

MS Dhoni has seen it all in his 13-year-long career. His glittery IPL career cannot be marred by a couple of bad seasons, a handful of bad games, or a few bad decisions. In retrospect, one can’t even count the number of on-field decisions that he has taken that have resulted as he would have liked them to be. Remember Kieron Pollard’s catch at straight mid-off in 2010? Well, that’s just one magical moment in the sea of Dhoni’s school of wizardry.

Well, it’s just the fans’ expectations from him in the last few years have increased so much so that it seems to have affected his game. However still, his statistics in IPL 2019 and IPL 2018 tell a different tale. The IPL 2020 season might be disastrous for Chennai Super Kings – or MS Dhoni in particular – it still doesn’t diminish Dhoni’s aura. For he was, is, and will be a legend forever!

MS Dhoni: IPL Career History

Maybe he is in the twilight of his career! Maybe IPL 2020 is his swansong. But rest assured, we all know, Dhoni is not going down without a fight! With curtains nearly down on CSK’s chances this year, it will be interesting to see how Dhoni agoes about his IPL career when IPL 2020 is over!

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