IPL 2019: MS Dhoni’s numbers the reason behind CSK's success since 2018

Here are some numbers that might show how the role of MSD has changed in CSK team.

MS Dhoni has been phenomenal for CSK over the years  | IANSMS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League history with three title wins for Chennai Super Kings in 2010, 2011 and 2018. Dhoni was the most expensive player bought during the very first auction way back in 2008 and was immediately named the captain of CSK, by then owner N Srinivasan.

CSK reached the finals of the inaugural IPL and lost to Rajasthan Royals. But since then have made it to the playoffs in all the seasons they have participated in. Dhoni is the only captain in IPL history to win the IPL title back-to-back. However, his form has always been in question once he gave up the captaincy of the Indian team in 2016 and came back to lead CSK in 2018 after the team returned from a two-year ban.

Dhoni was impressive in IPL 2018 with 455 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66 and average of 75.83. He hit 24 fours and 30 sixes with the highest score of 79* and was in ominous form with the bat. Dhoni led CSK to a historic championship win.

So far, in IPL 2019, MS Dhoni has scored 156 runs in 5 matches with a best of 75* at a strike rate of 124.80, much lower than his overall career IPL strike rate of 137.64. Dhoni has also started to bat as much more of an accumulator than a hitter with the likes of Bravo and Jadhav taking over the hitting duties.

Dhoni's new ability to anchor the innings will come to play in the second half of the season when the pitches become slower and slower and batting becomes difficult, but it is safe to say, Dhoni must be used at no.4 instead of playing the role of a floating finisher.


By Jatin Sharma - 09 Apr, 2019

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