MS Dhoni © AFP
MS Dhoni © AFP

MS Dhoni is an iconic figure in Indian cricket. His contribution, both as player and captain, will be unmatched for years to come by. Dhoni has taken India to several triumphs — only captain to win all three ICC events — and replicated the same success in Indian Premier League (IPL). In the ten complete seasons, Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in all their eight seasons, and captained now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in 2016 edition. While he didn’t gain much success with RPS, he has ensured CSK to become a force to reckon with. CSK, under Dhoni, have won the title twice and ended second on four occasions. In Match 27 of ongoing IPL 11, Dhoni became the first captain in the tournament history to lead for the 150th time.

In the current edition, Dhoni has impressed one and all by his batting. He possesses a healthy strike-rate of 165.87, and has amassed 209 runs (in 6 matches) at 69.66. Dhoni certainly looks in his elements, and is in a happy space. Playing up the order, at No. 5 contrary to 6, he is batting like he did on his arrival in international circuit. With CSK returning to IPL after two-year hiatus — due to spot-fixing scandal — Dhoni and co. are hungry for more. As a result, they are the table-toppers; winning five out of six games.

Dhoni would like to make his 150th match as IPL captain a memorable affair by defeating Mumbai Indians (MI) at  Pune. In their reverse-tie, the season opener, CSK defeated MI by a wicket in the penultimate delivery.