Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known as MS Dhoni, is a legendary cricketer and former captain of the Indian national cricket team. He has had numerous memorable innings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While it’s subjective to determine the “top” innings, here are five innings by MS Dhoni in the IPL that are widely regarded as exceptional:
1. 84 vs RCB (2019)*
In a thrilling encounter, Dhoni played a match-winning innings for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni came to bat when CSK needed 150 runs to win in the last 10 overs. He smashed 84 runs off 48 balls, including 7 sixes and 4 fours, to help CSK win the match with 7 balls to spare.
2. 79 vs KXIP (2018)*
In a thrilling encounter, Dhoni played a sensational innings for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chasing a target of 198 runs, Dhoni came to the crease with the team struggling at 56/3. He played a captain’s knock, showcasing his power-hitting and ability to control the game. Dhoni came to bat when CSK needed 118 runs to win in the last 7 overs. He smashed 79 runs off 44 balls, including 6 sixes and 3 fours, to take CSK to a thrilling victory.
3. 75 vs RR (2019)*
In this match, CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. CSK had a slow start, losing early wickets and struggling to build momentum. However, Dhoni arrived at the crease and played a crucial role in resurrecting the innings. Dhoni came to bat when CSK needed 176 runs to win in the last 12 overs. He smashed 75 runs off 46 balls, including 4 sixes and 4 fours, to help CSK win the match by 8 runs.
4. 70 vs. KXIP (2010)*
Dhoni, as the captain and finisher of the team, played an outstanding innings, remaining unbeaten with a score of 70 runs off just 40 balls. He showcased his exceptional power-hitting and composure under pressure. During his innings, Dhoni hit five boundaries and five massive sixes. His clean striking and ability to find the boundaries at crucial moments were instrumental in leading CSK to a remarkable victory.
5. 70 vs RCB (2018)*
In a must-win match, Dhoni played a breathtaking innings for CSK. With the team needing 206 runs for victory, he smashed sixes and fours with precision, single-handedly taking his team across the finish line. In this match, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were chasing a target of 206 runs set by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Dhoni played a spectacular unbeaten inning, scoring 70 runs off just 34 balls, which included seven sixes and one boundary. He showcased his power-hitting and finishing skills during the chase, displaying his ability to handle pressure situations.