A pacesetter par excellence, Dhoni has donned the captaincy position for his IPL groups – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), because the starting of the league in 2008. The league, arguably the world’s hottest cricket league, and its most well-known skipper, Dhoni, have grown leaps and bounds of their greater than decade-long symbiotic coexistence.
In the method, Dhoni has performed essentially the most variety of matches within the league as captain, made most dismissals as wicketkeeper and earned the nickname ‘Thala’ whereas changing into one of the crucial profitable skipper with three IPL titles. He might be essentially the most outstanding ambassador of the league and his efficiency and type within the league has spilled over to his worldwide profession and the reverse is true too.
*Overall IPL batting stats
Here we tried to retract the wonderful journey of the IPL and its finest consultant ‘Mahi’ Dhoni:
Dhoni began his IPL journey as the costliest cricketer within the league, fetching a jaw-dropping USD 1.5 million contract because the skipper of Chennai Super Kings within the first gamers’ public sale. It turned out to be a fruitful and a long-term relationship between Dhoni and the Chennai-based franchise.
Soon, Dhoni grew to become a celebrity for the CSK followers. And very quickly, the calm and composed wicketkeeper batsman grew to become ‘Thala’ for the group’s huge followers, making the group one of the crucial widespread within the league.
Dhoni on his half didn’t disappoint his followers, taking the group to the ultimate of the inaugural version itself in 2008. CSK although misplaced the title conflict to Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals. But it was the start of a fantastic relationship with the group, its followers and the league.
*Most dismissals as wicketkeeper in IPL
That midas contact!
Dhoni and his group didn’t have to attend lengthy earlier than they grew to become the IPL champions. The third season returned to India, after the second in 2009 was organised in South Africa because of a date conflict with the nation’s common election. And with it the midas contact of Dhoni returned.
The semi-final defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in South Africa was quickly forgotten as CSK lifted the IPL trophy for the primary time in 2010, beating Mumbai Indians within the summit conflict. CSK went on to win the T20 Champions League too in the identical 12 months.
The run continued within the subsequent season too. CSK completed the league stage behind RCB, however within the closing they acquired the higher of the Bangalore-based franchise to carry the IPL trophy for the second successive 12 months.
Dhoni took that midas contact with him within the nationwide color too. As he later led India to their second ODI World Cup triumph, 28 years after Kapil Dev-led aspect received India’s first approach again in 1983.
*Most IPL matches as captain
The aura grows…
Even although CSK’s subsequent IPL title took seven extra years to return. Dhoni, together with his match-winning knocks and shrewd captaincy, guided CSK to the play-off section each single season. With his successes in nationwide colors and the ever rising aura in CSK’s yellow jersey, Dhoni the model was unstoppable.
During this era, Dhoni led India to 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory, making him the one skipper to win all ICC organised international occasions — T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy. And in 2014, Dhoni led CSK to their second Champions League title.
The darkish cloud…
Dhoni’s profitable run with CSK was abruptly halted after the 2015 season. The two-time champions, together with Rajasthan Royals, have been banned for 2 years from the league for involvement in unlawful betting by their respective house owners.
Dhoni needed to be part of a newly fashioned group – Rising Pune Supergiants, for the 2016 version after spending eight successive seasons with CSK. As anticipated, he was made captain of the Pune-based aspect, however the brand new franchise completed a lowly seventh in its debut season. The dismal run although didn’t final lengthy for Dhoni.
*Dhoni with CSK
The dismal 2016 season didn’t dishearten Dhoni a lot as he led RPS to the ultimate within the subsequent version itself, however misplaced the summit conflict dramatically by 1 run to Mumbai Indians. It was the group’s final season within the league as they, together with Gujarat Lions, have been contracted for simply two seasons as a stop-gap association for the 2 banned groups.
Dhoni then made an emotional return to CSK in 2018 and the group rose like a phoenix. Dhoni led the Chennai-based group to their third IPL title of their comeback 12 months. Dhoni was in wonderful type with the bat too, scoring 455 runs at an astounding common of 75.83. He additionally scored the runs in double fast time, with a strike charge of 150.66.
And in 2019, Dhoni once more led CSK to the ultimate, their eighth summit conflict look in 10 editions within the league. But sadly they didn’t defend the title, shedding by 1 run to Mumbai Indians.
The relationship between Dhoni and IPL nonetheless continues because the journey will not be over but.