MS Dhoni set to become 1st player to play 200 IPL matches

Written by Vipin Darwade

MS Dhoni will etch his name into the history books against Rajasthan Royals on Monday (October 19) by becoming the first-ever player to play in 200 IPL matches. With 199 IPL caps, Dhoni already tops the list and is just one cap short of the 200-mak. The former India captain had first joined CSK in 2008 and has led them in every IPL game that he has played in IPL.

During the two-year ban period, in 2016 and 2017, Dhoni moved to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). He played 30 matches for them. Dhoni had captained RPS in 2016 but was replaced by Steve Smith for the next season.

He did struggle as RPS’ captain but has led CSK to the second round of the tournament in every season since inception. The Yellow Army has played record eight finals under him and has won the trophy thrice. In IPL 2019 final, CSK fell short to Mumbai Indians by just one run.

Dhoni has scored 4568 runs in IPL. Out of these, he has scored 3994 runs for CSK. He scored 574 runs in 27 innings during his two-year stay at RPS. As captain, Dhoni has captained two sides in 183 matches across 12 seasons.

He is best known for his stint with CSK. The three-time champions have 102 wins from 169 matches under him.

Dhoni is followed by Rohit Sharma on the list of most capped players in IPL.  With 197 caps, the MI captain sits at the second spot and will soon don his 200th cap. Rohit, who also played for Deccan Chargers from 2008 to 2010, has only missed two IPL matches.

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