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MS Dhoni becomes first cricketer to play 200 IPL matches

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MS Dhoni has numerous records to his name and is considered one of the most successful captains in cricketing history.

On Monday, he achieved one more feat to his long list of records in the match against Rajasthan Royals. MS Dhoni, on Monday, became the first player to have played 200 IPL matches.

MS Dhoni captaining CSK since 2008

Since IPL started in 2008, MS Dhoni has been captaining the Chennai-franchise and has been an ever-present character in the history of the tournament.

During CSK’s two-year ban period over the match-fixing controversy, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman represented Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the 2016 and 2017 season.

So far, ‘Mahi’ has scored 4,568 runs in the tournament, out of which 3,994 runs are for CSK. The former team India skipper has also successfully guided his Chennai side to three IPL title wins in 2010, 2011 and in 2018.

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Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, CSK became IPL’s second most successful franchise – only behind Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians who have won the tournament four times so far.

CSK struggling in IPL 2020

However, CSK have struggled to find their old form during the IPL 2020 after key players in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted out due to “personal reasons”.

Going into tonight’s clash against RR, Dhoni’s CSK is at the sixth spot in the IPL points table. It has won just three of their nine matches of the tournament while losing six of them.

The last time CSK played RR, Steve Smith’s Pink army outclassed Dhoni’s bowling unit and cruised to a 16-run win in Sharjah back on September 22.

MS Dhoni statistics

Matches: 200

Runs: 4,568

Highest Score: 84

Average: 41.52

Strike Rate: 137.67

50s: 23

4s: 306

6s: 215

 

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