Mahendra Singh Dhoni is undoubtedly the biggest ambassador of IPL.
In 2007, Dhoni started his captaincy with a bang when he became first captain to win the World T20 and ODI tri series in Australia for India and he still holds that record.
Naturally, all eyes were on Dhoni as he was going against godmen of cricket like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Shane Warne in the first ever franchise battle.
Dhoni holds numerous records in IPL history and still there are few of them he has his eyes on for this year’s IPL. Here is the list of five records M S Dhoni would like to be on top off before end of the season:
MOST RUNS BY A WICKET-KEEPER IN IPL HISTORY
Dhoni has played 159 IPL matches, he has scored 3561 runs in the tournament at a jaw-dropping average of 37.88 and an astonishing strike-rate of 136.75.
He is marginally behind Robin Uthappa (3735) on the list of most runs by a wicket-keeper in the history of IPL.
MOST FIFTIES BY A WICKET-KEEPER
Another batting record Dhoni can aim for this year is the one with the most number of fifties scored by a wicket-keeper in the history of the IPL. With 17 IPL fifties, MS Dhoni is second, yet again, to Uthappa (22 fifties) on the list.
Uthappa opens for KKR and Dhoni comes way down for CSK so it will be interesting to see how will he counter this disadvantage.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUMPINGS
Dhoni is a pure artisan when it comes to glove-work behind the stumps. He might even be the most effective wicket-keeper in the history of world cricket.
In IPL history, Dhoni has affected 30 stumpings so far. Interestingly, Uthappa leads yet another chart, with the 32 IPL stumpings he has to his name because of the genius of the KKR spin trio of Narine, Kuldeep and Chawala.
This is a record the former Indian skipper is most eager to break as soon as possible.
MOST CATCHES BY A PLAYER
Currently, Suresh Raina (86) holds this record and is followed by Dhoni (76) at number two.
With a long IPL season ahead, Dhoni will have a decent chance to surpass his CSK teammate and top this list.
It will still be an uphill task for the wicket-keeper, as it depends solely on the bowlers and the chances they create for him.
HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGE
The one thing that Dhoni is known for, more than his finishing and wicket-keeping, is knitting a web against opposition by his intelligent captaincy.
Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the best captains to have ever lead in IPL with most number of appearances in playoffs.
With a win percentage of 60.66 in 75 IPL matches, Rohit Sharma leads the chart for the same. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar (58.82) is second on the list, followed by MS Dhoni, with a percentage of 58.45.
Tendulkar has retired so Dhoni just have to make sure Mumbai Indian doesn’t win against him and rest will take care on its own.