Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni added a new record to his overflowing basket days after becoming the first player to appear in 200 matches for a single T20 cricket franchise during the ongoing 2021 IPL . Indian Premier League (IPL) and T20 Champions League combined.
Dhoni was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the very first IPL auction in 2008 for a record amount of $ 1.5 million. Since then, Dhoni has always been the team’s captain, except in one game, when Suresh Raina led the team and Dhoni played as a wicket-beater keeper. He also played 30 games for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2016 and 2017 when CSK was banned for 2 years.
MS Dhoni, first player to captain a team (Chennai Super Kings) 200 times in T20 format
However, he added one more feather to his cap, but this time as a captain. When they came out for the draw in the ongoing 2021 IPL game against the Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, MS Dhoni became the first player to lead a squad in 200 T20 appearances.
Dhoni played 201 games for CSK, but he played under Suresh Raina in one of those games in a T20 Champions League game in 2012. Virat Kohli, in particular, had become the first game to represent a franchise. 200 times.
This match is Dhoni’s 207E Indian Premier League match. He also holds the most game captain record as captain in T20 cricket – 286 games for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, India and Indians. Second on the list is former West Indies captain Darren Sammy who has skippered T20 cricket 208 times.
Recalling his IPL run with the Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni said he was feeling old and also took a cheeky break from the competitiveness between the CSK Indians and Mumbai on their place of origin during IPL 2021.
“It makes me feel very old and it’s been a very long journey [on playing 200 matches for CSK]. It started in 2008 – played in South Africa, Dubai and at home. I never thought that Mumbai would be our home, ” he had during the toss.
The Chennai Super Kings have played two matches so far in the 2021 IPL and have won one and lost one and have 2 points under their belt.