MS Dhoni Leapfrogs Suresh Raina To Become The Most Capped IPL Player
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MS Dhoni Leapfrogs Suresh Raina To Become The Most Capped IPL Player

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni [Photo-AFP]

MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings captain, has added another feather to his cap as today’s game against SunRisers Hyderabad marks his 194th appearance in the Indian Premier League [IPL], making him the most-capped player in the history of the lucrative league surpassing his teammate Suresh Raina [193].

CSK are back into the mix after a six-day break as they face David Warner-led SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai. The MS Dhoni-led unit has found itself in an unfamiliar territory courtesy back-to-back crushing defeats at the hands of Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, condemning them to the final spot in the points table and Dhoni will be hoping that his side orchestrates a comeback in what is a historic game for the three-time IPL-winning skipper.

Meanwhile, SunRisers Hyderabad have won the toss and have opted to bat first. CSK has made three changes to the playing XI that went down to the Capitals, with Ruturaj Gaikwad, Murali Vijay, and Josh Hazlewood making way for Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, and Ambati Rayudu.

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MS Dhoni, IPL Auction 2018, India Cements, RTMs, Chennai Super Kings,
Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

As far as the players who have played the most number of IPL games is concerned, Dhoni is preceded by Suresh Raina [193], Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma [192], Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik [185], and Royal Challengers Bangalore spearhead, Virat Kohli [180].

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will have an opportunity to add another feather to his cap as he is just two away from 100 catches by a wicketkeeper in the IPL. As far as Dhoni’s IPL exploits are concerned, the charismatic skipper has led his side to three IPL titles and he remains the only captain to successfully defend his title [2010 and 2011]. He hasn’t been bad with the bat either. I 193 games, the destructive batsman has racked up 4476 runs at an average of 42.33 and a strike-rate of 137.89, including 23 half-centuries and 212 sixes- the third-most in the history of IPL.

Yash Mittal

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