MS Dhoni is one of the best players ever to play in the Indian Premier League who spent 8 years captaining the Chennai Super Kings to 2 IPL titles and a Champions League trophy. He has come in at number 5 or 6 and blasted the opposition in order to get quick runs or finish the match off quickly. Here we will take look at 5 of the finest knocks played by MS Dhoni in IPL.
51* (20) Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians (Bangalore, 2012)
CSK faced MI in the eliminator of the IPL 2012 in Bangalore to decide the finalists of that year. Chennai batted first and lost Vijay and Raina cheaply, but Badrinath and Hussey anchored the innings with a 94 run partnership. In the latter part of the innings, Dhoni blasted 51* in 20 balls and Bravo made 33 in 14 balls to propel CSK to 187 in 20 overs. Dhoni’s innings consisted of 2 sixes and 6 fours and was important in CSK getting that big score. MI couldn’t keep up with the required run rate after they lost Sachin Tendulkar to a run out and CSK bowlers kept the pressure on MI batsmen. CSK won the match by 38 runs and Dhoni was awarded the Man of the match.
54* (29) Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab (Dharamsala, 2010)
Kings XI Punjab batted first and scored a massive 192/3 thanks to a blistering 88* off 57 balls from Shaun Marsh and valuable contributions from Mahela Jayawardene (21 of 8 balls), Kumar Sangakkara (33) and Irfan Pathan, who made 44. CSK had 193 to chase and their openers were back in the pavilion for 27 runs. Suresh Raina (46) and S. Badrinath (53) steadied the ship and set the stage for Dhoni to show why he is the best finisher in T20 cricket. With 100 runs to get in around 10 overs, Dhoni along with Badrinath and Morkel ensured that CSK reached the target within 20 overs. He made 54* in 29 balls and got the Man of the match for his match winning effort.
65 (30) Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Bangalore, 2008)
CSK took on RCB in this league match at Bangalore and batted first to score 178/5 in 20 overs. Chennai were scoring at a brisk pace till 15th over, when MS Dhoni decided to unleash his full power and hit 65 runs in 30 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes to torpedo CSK towards a respectably big total. He was helped by Michael Hussey who made 47 in 37 balls and Suresh Raina who made 28 in 17 balls. RCB tried their best to reply to CSK total with fifties from Wasim Jaffer and Ross Taylor, but failure of rest of the batting lineup was enough for them to be restricted to 165 all out. MS Gony took 3 wickets and Dhoni was adjudged Man of the match for his match winning knock.
67* (37) Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Chennai, 2013)
Sunrisers Hyderabad faced Chennai Super Kings in this important league game in their own den in Chepauk. SRH batted first and thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 63* scored 159/6 in their allotted 20 overs. CSK were going good in their chase, but when the required run rate started to get out of hand a little, Dhoni stepped in to get the team over the line comfortably. He was dropped on 0 by Amit Mishra and went on to make 67* off 37 balls with 4 sixes to take CSK to victory.
64* (32) Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab (Vishakhapatnam, 2016)
This was the first year MS Dhoni was not donning the yellow jersey as he was drafted into the Pune team in the first ever major re-jig in the IPL. Pune had a forgetful first IPL season and Dhoni was criticized for his captaincy and lack of form with the bat. This was the last league match for RPS and KXIP batted first on a belter of a track in Vishakhapatnam. With fifties from skipper M Vijay and Gurkeerat Singh, KXIP posted a respectable 172/7 in 20 overs. When RPS batted, it all came down to the last two overs when RPS needed 29 runs to win with Thisara Perera and MS Dhoni batting on 23 and 37 respectively. Mohit Sharma bowled a brilliant 19th over to give just 6 runs away and picked up the wicket of Perera to boost the KXIP chances of winning the match. Last over bowled by Axar Patel is now part of MS Dhoni folklore as he single handedly scored the required 23 runs in spectacular style with him hitting two sixes off the last two balls to win the match with a smile on his face.