MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of IPL as well as Indian Cricket. He is the second most successful captain in IPL history, leading Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to four titles. Under his leadership, CSK has also won two CLT20 titles. Dhoni is not just an excellent skipper but also a brilliant batsman, as indicated by his statistics. He has appeared in 238 IPL matches and scored 5036 runs at an average of 39.34 and a strike rate of 135.78, including 24 fifties. He has also struck 348 fours and 235 sixes in his IPL career. Dhoni is also regarded as one of the IPL’s best finishers. Let’s look at the top five Dhoni knocks in IPL history.
MS Dhoni: 65 Vs RCB in 2008
Dhoni played a crucial knock for the CSK against RCB in the inaugural edition as he gave the finishing touches to the CSK’s innings. Coming in at number four, He scored 65 runs off 30 balls. His knock consisted of 9 fours and 3 sixes and his knock proved vital as RCB lost by only 13 runs. He was also named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance.
MS Dhoni: 51 Vs MI in 2012
In the 2012 IPL, Dhoni scored 51 runs off just 20 balls in the eliminator against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians. Dhoni’s quickfire 51 propelled CSK to the finals, where they went on to win the 2012 IPL. He was also named Player of the Match in the eliminator for his outstanding performance with both the bat and the gloves.
MS Dhoni: 54 Vs Punjab Kings in 2010
In the IPL 2010, CSK faced Punjab Kings, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, in a crucial match. Dhoni, who came in to bat at number four, played a match-winning inning of 54 runs off 29 balls. His innings was studded with five boundaries and two sixes. His knock helped CSK chase down the total of 193.
MS Dhoni: 64 Vs PBKS in 2016
CSK was banned from the IPL in the ninth edition, and Dhoni played for the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). PBKS and RPS met in the 53rd match of the IPL 2016; both teams had already exited the tournament and were essentially playing a dead rubber, but both teams were still battling for pride. Punjab Kings set a target of 173 when batting first, and Pune was on the verge of losing the game, but Dhoni had other ideas. He scored 64 runs off 32 balls and chased down 23 runs in the final over; as Pune needed 12 runs off two balls, he slammed two sixes to seal the game.
MS Dhoni: 70 Vs RCB in 2018
MS loves playing against RCB, and it was no different when they met at Chinnaswamy in IPL 2018. RCB put up a huge total of 206. In reply, CSK chased down the target with two balls remaining, courtesy of Dhoni. He scored 70 runs off 34 balls and won the game by hitting Corey Anderson for six over mid-wicket.
In conclusion, Dhoni has played some fantastic knocks in the IPL throughout his career. The above five knocks are a testament to his ability to change the course of a match single-handedly. His contributions to the IPL have been immense, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players to have played in the tournament.