MS Dhoni's best IPL moments that don't fade away
Only one skipper from the first Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008 is still at the helm, still calling the shots. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, is one game away from taking his team to yet another IPL final – and no one is surprised. CSK have the biggest brand value and the biggest fan following amongst all the teams in the IPL.
Dhoni is one of the biggest reasons for that, if not the biggest. The man who has scored 328 runs this season at an average of 32.8 hasn’t really been at his fluent best, but when it comes down to clutch situations, he can still play the grinding, tough knocks to see his team through.
Let us take a look at four of his most memorable innings in the IPL that don’t fade away from the memories of his fans, much like the Axe Signature range:
51* (20) against Mumbai Indians, 2012
It was a big game. It was a knockout game. In terms of stats, 2012 was Dhoni’s worst year at the IPL. But cometh the hour cometh the man is an adage that the CSK captain embodies almost every single time.
Dhoni walked to the middle after CSK were reduced to 95 for three in the 14th over, having lost their first two wickets in the second over for a single run on the board. The Chennai-based franchise clobbered 92 in the remaining 6.4 overs thanks largely to Dhoni, who managed 51* in just 20 balls at a strike-rate of 255. There were three consecutive fours off Dhawal Kulkarni, the man who had pegged CSK back early on.
There was the trademark helicopter shot that went for six against none other than Lasith Malinga who usually delivers the perfect yorker. A length delivery from James Franklin was sent into orbit, 112 meters the distance.
CSK won the game by 38 runs.