Former India captain MS Dhoni has reached another feat as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings.
The 39-year-old veteran player has been leading the Chennai-based team for the 200th time when they take on Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Monday, April 19. And, now he has become the first player to lead a franchise for 200 times in T20 cricket as well.
MS Dhoni, who has been playing his 207th match in the Indian Premier League (IPL), holds the record for most games as captain in T20 cricket — 286 matches for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant and India as well. The second player on the list is former West Indies captain Darren Sammy who has led 208 times in T20 cricket as well.
On the other hand, last week, MS Dhoni wore the famous yellow jersey for the 200th time when he took to the field against Punjab Kings at the same venue, during the 8th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The wicket-keeper batsman has captained the franchise in all the games apart from one game (2012 Champions League T20) when he was a part of the playing XI.
However, CSK had celebrated MS Dhoni’s 200th match for the franchise with a beautiful cake-cutting ceremony.
The celebration of MS Dhoni:
MS Dhoni has played 177 appearances for the three-time Indian Premier League champions besides having 24 matches for the team in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) tournament in the past. The former India captain also played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 30 IPL matches in the 2016-17 seasons as well.
The 39-year-old, who has captained the Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles too, is placed at eighth on the all-time run-scorer with 4,632 runs (4,058 for CSK) at an average of 40.63 and a strike rate of 136.67 as well.
In his 24 CLT20 matches, MS Dhoni has smashed 449 runs with one fifty while leading CSK to two titles, in 2010 and 2014 as well.
Chennai Super Kings registered an easy win against Rajasthan Royals. After the win, MS Dhoni said: “I always look at what’s the best at that point of time. I felt Sam bowled really well and Deepak I think he tried the knuckleball too much and felt that a good start (with the ball) was important. It was spinning a bit, I don’t really mind Jos playing the reverse where it’s turning a bit. It’s important to have that sixth bowler, it always helps and it was stopping a bit for spinners.”
He continued: “There was slightly less dew than the usual. I felt we should have scored more and try to get as many as possible. A lot has changed over the years and right from the start we kept a very good atmosphere and a lot of the bowlers have been under the pump last year but this time they are enjoying bowling on these wickets. When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. Performances are something that’s not guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24, I can’t guarantee when I am 40, but at least if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them.”