Former India captain MS Dhoni continues to inspire upcoming generation of cricketers. Having achieved almost everything as a player and a captain, Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in August 2020, remains down-to-earth on and off the field.
The 42-year-old is arguably India’s greatest-ever captain, having led the team to three major ICC triumphs.
Under him, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
Overall, he led India in 332 matches, the most by a captain in international cricket. Out of these, he won 178, lost 120, tied six and 15 ended in a no-result. His win percentage as a captain is 53.61. This combined with the trophies he has won, makes him India’s most successful captain ever.
In these 332 matches, he scored 11,207 runs in 330 innings at an average of 46.89 and a strike rate of over 76. He scored 11 centuries and 71 fifties as a captain, with the best score of 224. Safe to say, the burden of captaincy did not affect MS at all.
His success at the international level spilled over to franchise cricket as well. He represented and led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPG) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni won five IPL titles with CSK in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021 and 2023. He also won two Champions League T20 titles with CSK in 2010 and 2014.
(With ANI Inputs)
Topics mentioned in this article
In a trending video, Dhoni, sporting a sleeveless t-shirt, can be seen engaging in a game of tennis. Known for his emphasis on savoring the present moment, Dhoni’s genuine enjoyment of the sport on an actual tennis court is evident. Fans also took notice of his recently bulked-up and muscular shoulders. Dhoni approached tennis with the same high intensity and skill that he brings to his cricket batting.
As for the IPL 2024, will MS Dhoni be participating next year?
Absolutely. CSK’s skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, himself confirmed after the IPL 2023 season that he has no plans of retiring from the IPL just yet.
Following a stint playing with a knee injury throughout IPL 2023, Dhoni promptly underwent knee surgery after leading CSK to their 5th IPL title, triumphing over the Gujarat Titans in this year’s final in Ahmedabad.
Regarding his comeback for IPL 2024, Dhoni remarked, “The challenge for me is to put in the hard work for another nine months and return to play at least one more IPL season. But a lot depends on the body. I have six to seven months to decide, and it will be more like a gift from me to the fans. It’s not easy for me, but given the love and affection they’ve shown, it’s something I feel I need to do for them.”
He recently returned from a vacation in the USA. Dhoni will resume his rehabilitation for his knee surgery and might soon be back in the practice nets. Anticipated to occur in December this year, the IPL 2024 auction is on the horizon.