Former India captain MS Dhoni, who has made several records on the cricket field, has touched another milestone in the ongoing tournament. Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became the highest match-playing cricketer in the history of the Indian Premier League, surpassing his Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina who has played 193 matches so far.
This is Dhoni’s 11th season with Chennai playing all matches since the beginning of the IPL. He played for the Rising Pune Supergiants in two seasons when Chennai faced a two-year ban in the 2013 spot-fixing case.
Dhoni played his 164th match for Chennai on Friday in Dubai against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He played 30 matches for Pune in 2016 and 2017.
Suresh Raina Congratulated MS Dhoni
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina congratulated his teammate and friend Dhoni for breaking his record.
Raina took to the Twitter, ” Congratulations Mahi bhai (@msdhoni) at becoming the most capped IPL player. Happiest that my record is being broken by you. All the best for the game today and am sure @ChennaiIPL will win this season’s @IPL.”
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the IPL three times under the captaincy of Dhoni, while Rohit Sharma has helped Mumbai Indians to win IPL title three times. Chennai team has reached the final eight times. Dhoni himself has played nine finals since the Pune team played the final against Mumbai in 2017. Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has played 180 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, holds the record for most matches played for a single team.
Suresh Raina is not participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 this time being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He first went to the UAE to play IPL with his franchise Chennai Super Kings, but later decided to return to the country due to personal reasons. It was a great blow for the franchise. Another great blow was the absence of the veteran player Harbhajan Singh. He also pulled out of IPL 2020 due to some personal reasons.