Mahendra Singh Dhoni – IPL’s most celebrated and successful captain
In shocking news, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday removed as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper after just one season at the helm.
Dhoni will now be replaced by young and dynamic Steve Smith as the leader of the team for the upcoming 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting April 5.
This is the first time that Dhoni has been sacked from the coveted post. He quit Test captaincy and retired from the format in December 2014 and in January this year stepped down from the top post of the limited-overs formats. The 35-year-old led India in 199 ODI and 72 T20Is, winning 110 and 42 matches respectively.
Dhoni started his IPL journey as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings from the league’s inaugural season in 2008.
Dhoni is the most successful IPL captain with 83 wins in 143 T20 matches. Before RPS, Dhoni led CSK in 129 matches with victories coming in 78 of them. However, he failed to weave the magic of his CSK stint at Pune. He could only manage five wins out of the 14 matches and the franchise finished seventh in the eight-team tournament.
He is also one of the only three captains to have won the cash-rich T20 league twice. Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma are the other two.
Under him, CSK won the IPL in 2010 and 2011 while the Champions League in 2010 and 2014. CSK also finished runners-up three times in the IPL.
Dhoni’s captaincy timeline:
2007: Leads India to T20 World Cup title
2007: Becomes captain of India in ODIs
2008: Takes over as Test captain from Anil Kumble
2008: Named captain of Chennai Super Kings in IPL
2009: Leads India to No.1 spot in Tests
2011: Leads India to ODI World Cup title triumph
2014-15: Steps down as Test captain ahead of final Test
2016: Named captain of new IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants
2017: Steps down as India’s ODI and T20 skipper
2017: Replaced as RPS team captain
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