Here we look at few unheard facts from MS Dhoni’s illustrious 12-year career in the IPL.
MS Dhoni has a special place when it comes to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he stands in top 10 in the top run-getters list and is known for pulling off matches from toughest of situations. He is also the most successful captain in terms of matches won in the league history and is one of the two captains to win as many as three titles.
Dhoni was the most expensive player in 2008 where he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In 2010, he became the first Indian captain to win an IPL title. He led CSK to a title win in the very next season and stands as the only captain to be successful in defending an IPL trophy till date.
Here we look at few unheard facts from MS Dhoni’s illustrious 12-year career in the IPL:
5. Batting as high as No.3 in seven innings
MS Dhoni is known for his contributions with the bat down the order in the IPL. He usually bats at No.5 or a lower position and regularly promotes himself to No.4 depending on the situation. He batted as high as at No.3 position in the league during seven innings but none of them since the start of the 2011 edition.
Those seven innings equate to 4% of Dhoni’s IPL career as he batted in a total of 170 innings. MS Dhoni scored 188 runs at No.3 in the 7 innings at an average of 37.6 and an SR of 125.33 with a fifty. Dhoni’s overall IPL career numbers are better in comparison to stats at No.3 position as his average reads 42.2 and has got a strike rate of 137.85.
Dhoni batted three times at No.3 in 2008 where he recorded scores of 43*, 33 and 4. He scored an unbeaten 37-ball 58 in a league game of 2009 edition and scored 28 off 30 in the semis against RCB. He bagged a duck during the 2010 home game against Delhi franchise and scored a 13-ball 22 in the 2011 final against RCB; the last time he ever batted at No.3 in the IPL.