Before discussing the stat list of the top 5 knocks of MS Dhoni in IPL, it is an obligation to unearth a few basic hacks about this Modern Great of the World Cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the man who makes Chennai Super Kings the most popular franchise in the Indian Premier League. The wicketkeeping batter has captained the franchise for 14 long years, before handing it over to Ravindra Jadeja in 2022. He has made CSK victorious in 4 titles of the Indian Premier League, which is an incredible task. However, Rohit Sharma has the most titles for MI. But, the consistency that MS has bought is the hardest thing to do as a skipper.
Chennai Super Kings is the first team to qualify 11 times in the playoffs of the Indian Premier League, which is the highest figure in the league’s history. He has battled on several occasions where his team was on the verge of an impossible win. But, his master strategy and properly executed innings have been fruitful for Chennai Super Kings. He is also the most successful skipper in the history of Indian cricket and probably the best finisher in the world.
In this article, we shall discuss his top 5 knocks in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings.
#1 75*(46) CSK vs RR in 2019
The list of Top 5 knocks of MS Dhoni has started with a blistering one which he played in 2019 against Rajasthan Royals. In a first league meet-up with RR, CSK has put 175/5 in their 20 overs of quota. Dhoni has smacked the knock of 75*(46) with a thunderous strike rate of 163, including 4 sixes & fours involved in it. Later, when RR came down to chase the total, they were restricted to 167/8 in 20 overs. Lastly, CSK won the game by 8 runs and had the man of the Match trophy in Dhoni’s hands.
#2 70*(34) CSK vs RCB in 2018
The knock of 70 runs in just 34 deliveries has been inducted at No. 2 in the top 5 knocks of MS Dhoni. CSK was chasing the mountainous total of 206 runs against RCB in a second league encounter of IPL 2018. Ambati Rayudu & MS Dhoni’s 82 & 70 run knock was the headline item of this game. Again the man of the match has gone to him due to his devastating innings. CSK has won the game just 2 balls before as Dhoni finishes off in style. He has hit 1 four & 7 sixes in his batting knock.
#3 70*(40) CSK vs RCB in 2011
In an action-packed league match of IPL 2011, Chennai was facing Bangalore. Batting first, CSK has put 128/8 in the 20 overs, including the only impressive innings of 70*(40) from MS Dhoni. He has hit the whole knock with a dismantling scoring rate of 175.0. But, he had to stand on the disappointing side as RCB had won the game by 8 wickets and 2 overs were still to be bowled in the game. This entertaining knock stamped at No. 3 in the chronicle of the top 5 performances of MS Dhoni.
#4 64*(32) RPS vs KXIP in 2016
This stats list has flourished with the other one, which came against Kings XI Punjab in 2016. The disappointing season for the team has come against a ray of hope with a victory against Punjab. While chasing 173 runs, Dhoni has rocked the opposition with match-winning innings of 64 not out in just 32 deliveries. It consisted of 5 sixes/4 fours and made it at a pace of 200. Lastly, RPS won the game by 4 wickets on the very last ball of their 20th over of quota.
#5 51*(20) CSK vs MI in 2012
In an elimination encounter of IPL 2012, CSK has defeated Mumbai Indians by 38 runs. Dhoni has been rewarded with the man of the match award as he made a counter-attacking innings of 51*(20) with a strike rate of 255. While MI came to chase, they were easily curbed to 149/9, and after victory, CSK has assured its place in the finals with Kolkata Knight Riders.
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