Of all the players of the present generation, it is Dhoni who symbolizes the new India well. Aggressive without being brash, successful without being arrogant, and seemingly possessing a Midas touch, Dhoni is the perfect blend of a role-model and pin-up star. M S Dhoni is the only captain who won all the ICC trophies. He has retired from Test cricket but representing India in the other two formats. Indian domestic T20 league, Indian Premier League established in 2008 is now one of the best sports leagues around the world. Dhoni became the costliest player of the inaugural auction, as the Chennai franchise bought him for $1.5 million.
Here are some of the best IPL knocks that Captain Cool MS Dhoni has played over the last 9 seasons of Indian Premier League
1. 10. vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru, Apr 28, 2008
Chennai Super Kings were struggling when 3 quick wickets down for 83. Then Dhoni joined Mike Hussey and launched a superb assault towards the end. MS scored 65 from just 30 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Dhoni treated Dale Steyn's 19th over with five boundaries. He was the Man of the match as CSK won by 13 runs
2. 9. vs Deccan Chargers at East London, May 4, 2009
The second edition of IPL was hosted by South Africa. Dhoni was struggling to score runs earlier that season came to full swing vs Deccan Chargers. CSK put a total of 178 runs. MS scored 58 from 37 with the help of 7 boundaries. CSK won the match by 78 runs.
3. 8. vs Kings XI Punjab at Dharamsala, Apr 18, 2010
One of the best matches played ever in IPL. While chasing a gigantic total of 192, CSK were 44 runs short at the end of 17th over. 16 needed off the last 6 and MSD finished the match with his trademark six.
"It's a tough game, you can't always perform, but if you perform in big games, you get that tag of being the pressure player," Dhoni said while receiving the man of the match award.
4. 7. vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru, May 22, 2011
One of the best knocks went in vain as RCB beat CSK by 8 wickets.
From 17-3 to 128-8, Dhoni shouldered Chennai with an unbeaten 70 runs from 40 balls.
W. Saha was the second highest runs scorer with 22 runs.
5. 6. vs Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru, May 23, 2012
It was the eliminator. CSK scored 187 as Dhoni scored a quick fifty from just 20 balls (6 Fours, 2 Sixes).
Chennai won the match by 38 runs and qualified for the finals against Kolkata Knight Riders.
6. 5. vs Pune Warriors India at Pune, Apr 30, 2013
45 of just 16 balls!!!!! One of the best knocks by Mr. Cool. He came to bat during the 16th over and hit the Pune bowlers all around. Chennai scored 164 runs and beat Pune by 37 runs.
7. 4. vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru, May 24, 2014
The 75 runs partnership between Faf Duplessis and M S Dhoni helped Chennai to chase a total of 154 runs in just 17.4 overs.
Dhoni played the captains knock by promoting up the order with a blistering 49 of just 28 balls.
8. 3. vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chennai, Apr 11, 2015
2015 was not a good year for Indian cricket, they lost to Australia in the world cup Semi final.
It was the 4 the match of IPL 8 and Dhoni showed his class by scoring 53 from just 29 balls and help CSK to the victory against SRH by 45 runs. Brendon McCullum was the man of the match for a brilliant 100. But it was Dhoni who cheered the crowd in the slog overs by his powerful bottom hand!!
9. 2. vs Kings XI Punjab at Visakhapatnam, May 21, 2016
Last but not the Least.....
RPS were out of the tournament and it was their last league game against Punjab
23 needed off the final over and 12 needed off the last 2 balls. You know what? Last two balls went to deep mid wicket!!!!!!!