Few Indian Premier League (IPL) players are as famous, and fewer still are as successful as MS Dhoni. Dhoni, who has captained Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since 2008, has done everything on the cricket field as far as IPL is concerned, be it winning trophies, scoring runs, catching, and stumping.
His cricketing success has ensured that he is one of the most loved players in the Chennai Super Kings Team. That being said, with the kind of relaxed charm and personality Dhoni has, he also has tons of fans outside of Chennai.
When the IPL started, it was apparent that CSK wanted a solid captain. That was why they bid Rs 6 crores in 2008 (the highest then) to pick up Dhoni in their team.
From the beginning itself, Dhoni started showing why CSK had picked him. Under his leadership, the Chennai franchise reached the final of IPL 2008; however, it lost to Rajasthan Royals. But they did not have to wait long to get their hands on the cup.
In 2010, CSK won the IPL by beating Mumbai Indians (MI) by 22 runs. Ever since then, CSK has dominated the IPL. Come 2011, CSK beat everyone in the IPL, thanks to Dhoni's captaincy. In the final of 2011, CSK beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by a whopping 58 runs. By then, it was clear that much like Dhoni, his team – CSK – also loved to perform on big occasions.It is noteworthy that neither in 2010 nor in 2011 CSK topped the table after league matches. Still, once the tournament's final stages arrived, it showed everyone its capabilities.
As the league progressed, other teams also learned the tricks of the trade, and while CSK remained a strong team, it could not win the cup in the next two years. In 2012 and 2013, it ended up as runners-up. But even in those years, Dhoni ensured that his team had a tremendous win-loss ratio. In 2013, Dhoni was the third-highest run-scorer in the IPL. His batting helped CSK reach the final. He scored 63 off just 45 balls in the final against MI but got little or no support from his teammates. As a result, CSK ended up losing. In 2015, CSK was affected by spot-fixing allegations, which saw it getting banned for two years. As a result, the team did not participate in the IPL, and its players moved to other teams. Dhoni joined Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.
It was 2018 when CSK made a comeback to IPL, again with Dhoni as its captain. By then, Dhoni's international career was coming to an end, but he remained as effective an IPL player as ever. With Dhoni at the helm, CSK won the IPL in 2018 and 2021, besides finishing as runners-up in 2019. However, IPL 2022 was not a successful year for the team. Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne's injuries threw the team's balance off. The team was forced to surrender their overseas opener, Devon Conway, for bowling cover early in the season. Ravindra Jadeja took over as captain from Dhoni, only to relinquish control midway through the competition. Jadeja was later taken to the hospital with an injury. Super Kings finished second to last.
With years of captaincy experience in the IPL tournaments, Dhoni's staggering success in IPL would make all other players pale in comparison, with the possible exception of Rohit Sharma.
|Role : Wicketkeeper- batsman||Batting style - Right-handed||IPL Debut year - 2008|
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In 220 IPL matches, Dhoni has scored 4,978 runs at an impressive average of 39.20 and a strike rate of 135.2. As a wicket-keeper, he has 163 dismissals to his credit, including 124 catches and 39 stumpings.
What is impressive about Dhoni is the consistency he has shown. In the 2008-2019 phase, he scored 300-450 runs in every IPL season, except for 2010, where he scored 287 runs.
Only in 2020 and 2021, his batting seems to have suffered, as he could score only 200 and 114 runs, respectively. However, despite Dhoni’s sub-par performance with the bat, CSK won the IPL in 2021, which shows that he is still valuable as the captain. In IPL 2022, MS Dhoni scored 232 runs at an average of 33.14 and strike rate of 123.40, a 40-year-old player still leading with the bat.
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Given his sheer consistency, Dhoni always ends up being one of the costliest players in IPL. From 2008 onwards, when CSK paid Rs 6 crores for him, Dhoni went on to become one of the richest IPL players.
Over the years, his pay-cheque has constantly moved upwards, reaching Rs 12.5 crores in 2014. It peaked at Rs 15 crores in 2018 but has since dropped to Rs 12 crores a year. In the upcoming season of IPL 2023, MS Dhoni has been auctioned at Rs.12 crores again.
|2023||Rs 12 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2022||Rs 12 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2021||Rs 15 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2020||Rs 15 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2019||Rs 15 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2018||Rs 15 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2017||Rs 12.5 crores||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|2016||Rs 12.5 crores||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|2015||Rs 12.5 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
|2014||Rs 12.5 crores||Chennai Super Kings|
Over the years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has built a solid reputation for coming to the rescue of CSK when most needed. In IPL 2010, in a match against Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni scored 54 runs off just 29 deliveries to ensure that his team reached the semi-finals. CSK had to get 16 in the last over, which Irfan Pathan bowled. Dhoni hit two sixes and one four to take his team home.
Another memorable inning by him came against Rajasthan Royals in 2019. This was when Dhoni was not at his peak, and his batting prowess had declined in general. That did not prevent him from scoring 75 off just 46 balls.
Similarly, in a match against RCB in IPL 2018, CSK required 45 runs to win in the last three overs. It seemed tough, but not for Dhoni. He scored 70 off just 34 balls, which resulted in CSK beat RCB.
Here’s the summary of Dhoni’s last ten IPL innings.
|Match 68||vs Rajasthan Royals||26 (28)||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India|
|Match 62||vs Gujarat Titans||7 (10)||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India|
|Match 59||vs Mumbai Indians||36 (33)||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India|
|Match 55||vs Delhi Capitals||21 (8)||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai, India|
|Match 49||Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||2 (3)||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India|
|Match 46||vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||8 (7)||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India|
|Match 38||vs Punjab Kings||12 (8)||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India|
|Match 33||Vs Mumbai Indians||28 (13)||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai, India|
|Match 29||vs Gujarat Titans||0 (0)||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India|
|Match 22||Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||0 (0)||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai, India|
While Dhoni as a captain does have a lot of potential in him, but Dhoni as a batsman is not what he used to be until a few years ago. In IPL 2021, he scored a mere 114 runs, a far cry from his own run tally of 416 runs in 2019.
At 40 plus, it seems Dhoni’s reflexes are not what they used to be. Therefore, Fun88’s experts think the probability is low that Dhoni will emerge as the tournament’s leading scorer. If you still want to bet on MS Dhoni, keep an eye on how he performs in the initial matches because that will set the tone for IPL 2023.
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No, the most expensive CSK player is Ben Stokes. CSK paid Rs 16.25 crores to pick up Stokes in the auctions; however, Dhoni was retained for Rs 12 crores.
Yes, Dhoni is one of the most successful captains of the IPL. CSK has won the IPL four times, second only to MI, which has won the cup five times.
Although there are lots of speculations about it, Dhoni has not confirmed whether IPL 2023 will be the last time he’ll be playing competitive cricket.
Yes, MS Dhoni owns a 15% stake in the firm that manages IPL team CSK.
No. It has not been announced yet. But when MS Dhoni decides to play his final game, Faf du Plessis will take over the captaincy in April-May next year.