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MS Dhoni reaches another milestone in Indian Premier League

Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni reached a new milestone in the Indian Premier League while playing against Mumbai Indians on Saturday.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2018 14:27 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Chennai Super Kings' captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats during the VIVO IPL Twenty20 cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)(AP)

MS Dhoni reached another milestone in his illustrious career on Saturday. As he stepped at the MCA Stadium in Pune to toss the coin in the capacity of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper against Mumbai Indians, Dhoni became the first cricketer in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) to captain in 150 matches.

The match, though, didn’t bring much joy to Dhoni as his team suffered an eight-wicket loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians. Batting first, CSK posted 169/5 with Dhoni contributing a 21-ball 26. Mumbai managed to overhaul the target thanks to a fine half-century by skipper Rohit Sharma with two balls to spare.

Despite the unfavourable outcome, CSK remain atop the point’s table with five wins from seven matches in the ongoing IPL. Dhoni himself has been in terrific form with the bat scoring 235 runs at an impressive average of 58.75 and an equally impressive strike rate of 159.86.

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Regarded as one of the best captains India has ever produced, Dhoni holds the record for being the first and only captain to win all three ICC events. Under his leadership, India lifted the T20 World Championship in 2007 in South Africa and clinched the ODI World Cup crown in 2011 on home soil. He completed the treble by leading India to title triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2013.

The 36-year-old has managed to achieve the similar kind of success as the leader of CSK since the inception of the IPL in 2008. Under his captaincy, CSK became one of the most successful IPL teams, winning the cash-rich league twice in 2010 and 2011 besides claiming top honours in now defunct Champions League in 2010 and 2014.

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 13:01 IST