If we talk about the players who are role models for millions of cricket fans across the globe, then MS Dhoni ranks high on the list. Dhoni’s stature over the years for India in all formats of the game is simply outstanding. Be it ODI, Test cricket, or T20, Dhoni was the player to bank upon for the team.
Dhoni was a part of many winning moments for India, hitting the winning runs and making India win matches from crunch positions. But, it’s not only about Dhoni representing the national team. His role in the IPL, since its inception, has been a visual delight and emotional journey for all Chennai fans.
Role Of Dhoni For CSK In IPL
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as a player who has carried the team over his shoulder for years. Barring the two years when Chennai was banned from the IPL in 2016 and 2017, he led Chennai for the most seasons. In fact, Chennai Super Kings is the only team in the IPL history that has never changed a captain. Such has been the importance of Dhoni for CSK.
When we talk of CSK, we always talk about one man who has been a guiding force for the youngsters to perform and flourish, and that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
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Dhoni’s Stats As CSK Captain
Under the able guidance of MS Dhoni, CSK is the most successful team in IPL history. If we don’t count the IPL 2020 performance, they have featured in all the playoffs to date. Dhoni-led CSK is the second most successful team in terms of IPL trophy, winning 4 IPL finals.
They hold the record of most playoff participation (11) and final matches (9). They also have the highest winning percentage of close to 59. He has led CSK in 204 matches, winning 121 and losing 82 games.
IPL 2022 Will Most Likely Be The Last IPL for Dhoni
Before the IPL 2022 mega auction, Chennai Super Kings retained their most prolific player Dhoni. However, seeing his age and the lack of agility with the bat, it will most likely be the last time that we see MS Dhoni playing in the IPL. So, the Chennai fans would be emotionally glued to the tv sets to watch their favorite player Dhoni lead CSK for the final time before he hangs his boots.
Does Dhoni Still Have The Firepower To Lead CSK Another IPL Trophy?
Well, a question might have indeed arisen in your mind since this will most likely be the last time that we see Dhoni playing in the IPL. Does he still have enough firepower to lead CSK to their fifth IPL trophy and give his fans an unforgettable finale? The answer to this question is probably a big yes.
Chennai team management has been known for playing safe in the IPL auctions. In the recently concluded IPL 2022 mega auction, they managed to purchase their core players who were a part of CSK over the years. This shows that they have enough faith in their seasoned players.
Dhoni knows how to get things done from his troops, as far as handling CSK is concerned. He may not be that aggressive with the bat, but he is still the best behind the stumps and as a captain. Dhoni knows how to win matches for the team, and his stats clearly denotes the same.
CSK fans would be eager to witness MS Dhoni for the final time in the IPL as a player. The entire squad of 25 will be itching to go on the park and play with their best potential and give Dhoni a memorable sendoff with another IPL trophy.