IPL 2013 April 22, 2013

Another fifty for Dhoni

MS Dhoni added another entry to the list of his achievements when he became the first captain in the IPL to lead a team to 50 wins
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MS Dhoni has played as a captain in 84 IPL matches
MS Dhoni has played as a captain in 84 IPL matches © BCCI

MS Dhoni added another entry to the list of his achievements when he became the first captain in the IPL to lead a team to 50 wins. The landmark came with Chennai Super Kings' tight win against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 20. Super Kings have made it to four IPL finals, winning two of them, under Dhoni's leadership and in 2010, they became the first IPL team to win the Champions League Twenty20. Gautam Gambhir and Adam Gilchrist are the next two captains in the list with 31 wins each.

Dhoni, who has played as a captain in 84 IPL matches,17 more than the second-placed Gilchrist, maintains a high win to loss ratio of 1.51. For players who have led a side in more than 10 matches in the IPL, only Virat Kohli has a better ratio - 2.50 from 17 matches. However, Dhoni has also suffered the second-most losses in IPL while leading a team. While Gilchrist tops the list with 36 losses, Dhoni has been involved in 33 losses as the CSK captain.

During the Test series against Australia, Dhoni had become the most successful Test captain for India with 24 wins. He has also led India to ODI and T20 World Cup titles.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Arun14 on April 23, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Two images of Dhoni stick in my mind - one THE six to win the World Cup and the PUNCH to his helmet when he won it for CSK against KXIP at Dharmasala a few years ago.. that catapulted CSK from elimination to spot in the semis and ultimately to a maiden IPL trophy triumph. After the second game he said he had to replay the faith that the franchise owners had put in him.. what a player. What a captain !! Suffice it to say that he's first among equals when it comes to captaincy. He's led all his teams to great success in all formats. To me, he's an all-time great !!

  • moralsupporter79 on April 26, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    For those who hate MSD, this is a message he has to convey...He may not be the best now, but he will be the best. What a FINISHER !!!! No other captains in the world would not agree about this. In a game if he is not out in the first 3-4 balls, make sure other team is going to lose whatever may be the target. Guys, who hate MSD will be Ganguly fans, of course he was the best that time, now MSD...

  • BlackWind on April 25, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Boss MS Dhoni is has one of the most advance calculating cricket brains on the field.. Take a bow Capt COOL.

  • Aussasinator on April 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    putting it simply he's God's gift to Indian cricket. took it to new levels.

  • Sabari81115 on April 23, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Dhoni is the most successful Test & ODI and T20 captain for India...(one and only in the world)

  • ooper_cut on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    MSD on LSD describes only his power hitting. I cannot forget his innings against MI last year in the Eliminator. That six off Franklin which landed on the roof of the stadium was a treat to watch. This man has succeeded in everything he took on, that is not just luck, he is special. We should enjoy him as long as we can. CSK are damn lucky to have got him on their team. Go on MSD.

  • Naresh28 on April 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @sethali - well said Dhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone. He is still the best captain and a bridge between the youngsters and the retired players. The WC win was a team effort and should not be forgotten by Indian fans.

  • Sethali on April 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    woah!! who can forget the MSD special moment SIX of the final...and the punch on his helmet was the 1st time we ever saw an emotional side of MSD. Never the less, those two huge sixes off Pathan also are very special. Congrats MSD!! and all d best for the future. He really do not need to prove anyone around how great he is.

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    though not a big fan of MS' batting styles, i think he always makes us feel that the ultimate aim of a game should be to entertain and get entertained by ending up on the winning side. he appears to be not so much concerned or worried about his career or defeats. he has been a fantastic learner who had always made it a point to step himself up in critical situations and take right decisions at the right time. as someone said MS has got common sense in abundance :-) and he gives it a busy time always. most of the time, its this calmness that has won so many games for him with different players to lead, with different arenas to play. i dont want to fool myself by saying he is not a great leader!!!

  • spsathish234 on April 23, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    superb... continue the winning moments.. Hat off to cool, brave, brilliant awosome...... etc ... wish u goodluck IPL6 CUP

  • Arun14 on April 23, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Two images of Dhoni stick in my mind - one THE six to win the World Cup and the PUNCH to his helmet when he won it for CSK against KXIP at Dharmasala a few years ago.. that catapulted CSK from elimination to spot in the semis and ultimately to a maiden IPL trophy triumph. After the second game he said he had to replay the faith that the franchise owners had put in him.. what a player. What a captain !! Suffice it to say that he's first among equals when it comes to captaincy. He's led all his teams to great success in all formats. To me, he's an all-time great !!

  • moralsupporter79 on April 26, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    For those who hate MSD, this is a message he has to convey...He may not be the best now, but he will be the best. What a FINISHER !!!! No other captains in the world would not agree about this. In a game if he is not out in the first 3-4 balls, make sure other team is going to lose whatever may be the target. Guys, who hate MSD will be Ganguly fans, of course he was the best that time, now MSD...

  • BlackWind on April 25, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Boss MS Dhoni is has one of the most advance calculating cricket brains on the field.. Take a bow Capt COOL.

  • Aussasinator on April 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    putting it simply he's God's gift to Indian cricket. took it to new levels.

  • Sabari81115 on April 23, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Dhoni is the most successful Test & ODI and T20 captain for India...(one and only in the world)

  • ooper_cut on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    MSD on LSD describes only his power hitting. I cannot forget his innings against MI last year in the Eliminator. That six off Franklin which landed on the roof of the stadium was a treat to watch. This man has succeeded in everything he took on, that is not just luck, he is special. We should enjoy him as long as we can. CSK are damn lucky to have got him on their team. Go on MSD.

  • Naresh28 on April 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @sethali - well said Dhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone. He is still the best captain and a bridge between the youngsters and the retired players. The WC win was a team effort and should not be forgotten by Indian fans.

  • Sethali on April 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    woah!! who can forget the MSD special moment SIX of the final...and the punch on his helmet was the 1st time we ever saw an emotional side of MSD. Never the less, those two huge sixes off Pathan also are very special. Congrats MSD!! and all d best for the future. He really do not need to prove anyone around how great he is.

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    though not a big fan of MS' batting styles, i think he always makes us feel that the ultimate aim of a game should be to entertain and get entertained by ending up on the winning side. he appears to be not so much concerned or worried about his career or defeats. he has been a fantastic learner who had always made it a point to step himself up in critical situations and take right decisions at the right time. as someone said MS has got common sense in abundance :-) and he gives it a busy time always. most of the time, its this calmness that has won so many games for him with different players to lead, with different arenas to play. i dont want to fool myself by saying he is not a great leader!!!

  • spsathish234 on April 23, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    superb... continue the winning moments.. Hat off to cool, brave, brilliant awosome...... etc ... wish u goodluck IPL6 CUP

  • VJGS on April 23, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Arun14 I totally agree with you... those two are my own favorite moments as well. It is really sad to see that most people in India do not know his value, even when thousands of Australian, Pakistani, South African fans have nothing but pure admiration and praise for his leadership style - cool and leading from the front. He is without a doubt another Indian legend just like Tendulkar, Dravid, Kapil Dev, etc. Even though he may not have a text-bookish technique, he is one of the best limited over players ever seen and he can pace his innings better than most - rotate strike when building partnerships or attacking like Gayle during the final 5-10 overs.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 22, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    another milestone, held your head high msd..

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 22, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    another milestone, held your head high msd..

  • VJGS on April 23, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Arun14 I totally agree with you... those two are my own favorite moments as well. It is really sad to see that most people in India do not know his value, even when thousands of Australian, Pakistani, South African fans have nothing but pure admiration and praise for his leadership style - cool and leading from the front. He is without a doubt another Indian legend just like Tendulkar, Dravid, Kapil Dev, etc. Even though he may not have a text-bookish technique, he is one of the best limited over players ever seen and he can pace his innings better than most - rotate strike when building partnerships or attacking like Gayle during the final 5-10 overs.

  • spsathish234 on April 23, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    superb... continue the winning moments.. Hat off to cool, brave, brilliant awosome...... etc ... wish u goodluck IPL6 CUP

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    though not a big fan of MS' batting styles, i think he always makes us feel that the ultimate aim of a game should be to entertain and get entertained by ending up on the winning side. he appears to be not so much concerned or worried about his career or defeats. he has been a fantastic learner who had always made it a point to step himself up in critical situations and take right decisions at the right time. as someone said MS has got common sense in abundance :-) and he gives it a busy time always. most of the time, its this calmness that has won so many games for him with different players to lead, with different arenas to play. i dont want to fool myself by saying he is not a great leader!!!

  • Sethali on April 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    woah!! who can forget the MSD special moment SIX of the final...and the punch on his helmet was the 1st time we ever saw an emotional side of MSD. Never the less, those two huge sixes off Pathan also are very special. Congrats MSD!! and all d best for the future. He really do not need to prove anyone around how great he is.

  • Naresh28 on April 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @sethali - well said Dhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone. He is still the best captain and a bridge between the youngsters and the retired players. The WC win was a team effort and should not be forgotten by Indian fans.

  • ooper_cut on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    MSD on LSD describes only his power hitting. I cannot forget his innings against MI last year in the Eliminator. That six off Franklin which landed on the roof of the stadium was a treat to watch. This man has succeeded in everything he took on, that is not just luck, he is special. We should enjoy him as long as we can. CSK are damn lucky to have got him on their team. Go on MSD.

  • Sabari81115 on April 23, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Dhoni is the most successful Test & ODI and T20 captain for India...(one and only in the world)

  • Aussasinator on April 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    putting it simply he's God's gift to Indian cricket. took it to new levels.

  • BlackWind on April 25, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Boss MS Dhoni is has one of the most advance calculating cricket brains on the field.. Take a bow Capt COOL.