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.
70 (40) vs RCB, 2011
Who would have imagined that Chennai Super Kings which have a strong batting line up would struggle to get 100 runs on the board. Top order which had Micheal Hussey, Murali Vijay, Raina and Badrinath got destroyed by the RCB bowlers. CSK lost 4 wickets and could only manage to score 23 runs in the powerplay.
Captain M.S.Dhoni had to come in rescue. He played one of his best innings and scored his highest score of IPL. Dhoni who is known for performing better under pressure proved it once again by this innings. Dhoni hit 6 sixes in this innings and scored with a strike rate of 175. CSK managed to put on only 128 for the hosts RCB. CSK would have scored more but everytime Dhoni tried to switch gears, a wicket fallen on the other end. Dhoni as usually finished the innings in style. He managed to score 17 off the last over of Mithun. He hit 2 sixes and 1 four.
However, CSK couldn’t win this match, but captain leading from the front gave them a hope for upcoming matches. Eventually, CSK won this IPL.
54* (29) against Kings XI Punjab, 2010
This is probably the best T20 innings by MS Dhoni. It was a do-or-die game for CSK and they had to chase a huge total of 192 to go through the semis.
Dhoni fans would never forget this match. The sight of Dhoni punching his helmet after successfully scoring 16 runs in the last over is unforgettable. We hardly see Dhoni showing his emotion. But he got pumped after taking his team one step closer to the IPL trophy.
KXIP had posted a massive target of 192 at Dharamsala, and CSK were behind the eight ball even after managing 89 for three in the 10th over. But Dhoni then smacked an unbeaten 54 in just 29 balls with five fours and two sixes, with the last 47 runs coming in just 18 balls, to steal the win for his team.
Irfan Pathan bowled the last over and ended up consuming 18 runs on first four balls (2, 4, 6, 6).
51* (20) against Mumbai Indians, 2012
It was an eliminator game. CSK needed their top order heroes to deliver. But they failed. Yes, CSK lost Murali Vijay and Raina on consecutive balls of 2nd over of the match. We know how dependent CSK was on Raina.
In terms of stats, 2012 was Dhoni’s worst year at the IPL. So was 2011 world cup, until Dhoni shinned on the night of final.
After CSK lost Raina and Vijay too early, Badrinath and Mr. Cricket Micheal Hussey built up a partnership. They put CSK in a good position but CSK lost both the set batsmen in consecutive overs. That was the time when the well settled batsmen were needed to accelerate the innings.
Dhoni walked to the middle after CSK were reduced to 95 for three in the 14th over. Dhoni had no time to settle. He started flourishing as soon as he came to bat. He and Bravo added 92 in the remaining 6.4 overs thanks largely to Dhoni, who managed 51* in just 20 balls at a strike-rate of 255. There were three consecutive fours off Dhawal Kulkarni, the man who gave CSK early blows.
Dhoni went against their best bowler, Malinga too. His trademark helicopter shot against him went for six. A length delivery from James Franklin was sent into orbit, 112 meters the distance.CSK won the game by 38 runs.
65 (30) against Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2008
In a match with Royal Challengers Bangalore, CSK, batting first, reached 83 for three after 12 overs when the perfect man for the onslaught walked out to bat. There were two amazing shots for fours off Steyn in the 15th over. There was a scoop against Kallis that went to the second tier over long off.
Chennai Super Kings scored 76 runs in their last five overs, while Bangalore Royal Challengers managed only 33 for the loss of seven wickets
Although Hussey began to provide the initial acceleration during the last five overs, he was quickly overshadowed by Dhoni. Dhoni took Steyn on a rollercoaster ride. The protean pacer went for 24 in the 19th over, which includes four fours and a six.
Zaheer, bowled the last over, was taken apart for two fours and a six with Dhoni eventually caught out to deep extra cover by substitute fielder Vinay Kumar. In all, he managed 65 in 30 balls at the strike-rate of 216 with nine fours and three sixes.
64* from 32 balls against KXIP, 2017
This MSD innings was highlighted by last over of the match. Dhoni steered the innings to victory by his typical finish.
Dhoni-finishing that took back cricket fans, especially the Chennai Super Kings fans to the good old IPL days. Dhoni entered the field when RPS needed another 95 off 51 with seven wickets to spare. His arrival was followed by wickets falling in quick succession that left the responsibility of finishing the game on Dhoni’s shoulders. While he received some support from Sri Lanka’s Thisera Perera, other teammates threw away their wickets with skipper at the other end.
RPS needed 23 runs off the final over, with Dhoni on strike and Murali Vijay made it easy for him by handing over the ball to spinner, Akshar Patel.
LAST OVER: 0, 1wd, 6, 0, 4, 6, 6.
67* (37) against Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2013
Playing a home game, CSK were chasing 160, but Michael Hussey’s sound start was on the verge of being frittered away. After Suresh Raina’s departure, CSK needed 61 more in 40 balls and the situation got worse after Dwayne Bravo got out. The equation being 30 needed off 16 balls.
But Dhoni, unbeaten yet again, saw the team through, scoring 67 off just 37 balls. Once again, it was Steyn who was victimized, hit for a four and six in the penultimate over and two sixes in the over prior to that, one of them an unbelievable forehand smash over long-on.
Ashish Reddy had 15 runs to defend in the last over, but Dhoni smacked a six and two fours to finish the game off with two balls to spare.
60* (43) against KXIP, 2008
M.S.Dhoni, Chennai's adopted hero, gave the crowd for what they came in the stadium. As soon as he came to bat he thrashed Chawla for three sixes; the first two sailed into the leg-side stands, while the third was hit flat over the bowler's head. Yuvraj soon went in for damage control, bringing on Pathan, his side's leading wicket-taker, for his second spell as early as the 13th over. Badrinath took two sixes off Pathan and brought up his fifty off 37 deliveries. The two had added 80 off 49 deliveries.
Earlier in their innings, CSK lost early wickets as Kiwi batman Fleming and Vidyut failed to give a good start.
With the help of Dhoni and Badrinath, CSK put a decent total and eventually won the game with 18 runs. Thanks to a Man of the Match worth performance by L. Balaji.