Who Played the Most IPL Matches as Captain?

MS Dhoni holds the record for most IPL matches as a skipper. He also holds at least three other records as an IPL player and features in many top-five rankings. MS Dhoni had his longest spell at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), snapping up a record 204 games across 15 seasons.

He played the most matches as captain (210) for two teams (CSK and RPS) winning 123, losing 186, and 1 with no result. Dhoni also holds an impressive 58% winning PCT as skipper for CSK.

You won’t appreciate Dhoni’s batting career enough if you don’t check out his other records. Let’s see some of the top records held by one of cricket’s most-decorated players in history.

Other IPL Records Held By the Captain with Most IPL Matches

MS Dhoni has featured in 15 seasons overall as an IPL player, endearing himself to millions of fans in India and abroad. His daring plays and a heightened capacity to read a game means he’ll feature on other records’ charts too.

MSD has had a decorated career and features in at least ten (10) different record listings throughout his IPL stints. Let’s see some major records with MSD on the rankings and how he has performed so far.

Most Victories as Captain (1st)

MSD leads the rankings for most victories as captain in IPL history. He recorded 123 victories as captain of the Chennai Super Kings. Rohit Sharma (79) is way behind in 2nd place as a captain with the most aggregate victories.

All-Time Man of the Match Rankings (5th)

MS Dhoni ranks 5th in all-time Man of the Match (MOTM) rankings. He currently has 17 MOTM awards from 234 matches for the CSK and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). Dhoni’s massive dismissal ability, average, and overall game-reading prowess make him a joy to watch.

His coordination as captain is impressive and many opposing teams appreciate his contributions to IPL cricket history.

Most Dismissals in One Inning (2nd)

Dhoni holds the joint 2nd spot in all-time rankings for most dismissals in one inning (4 dismissals). He achieved this feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 13 April 2013). Dhoni repeated the four-dismissal feat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 7 October 2020

He holds the 2nd spot along with other cricket greats Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, and Brendon McCullum.

Dhoni and his co-rankers are behind Kumar Sangakkara, one of the IPL’s best players in history. Kumar recorded five (5) dismissals for the Deccan Chargers against RCB at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on 14 April 2011.

Most Career Dismissals (1st)

MSD holds the record for most career dismissals (170 total) in 227 innings and 234 matches. His game-reading ability and massive on-field dominance make him almost unplayable on most match days.

Highest Dismissal per Inning Ratio (1st)

MSD holds the highest dismissal ratio among IPL players. His 0.748 dismissal per inning ratio is difficult to replicate, making him one of IPL’s best players ever.

Most Career Catches (1st)

MSD recorded 131 catches throughout his IPL career. It places him first among players with the most career throughout their careers. He achieved this feat in 227 innings and 234 matches.

Highest Runs against a Team from a Single Player (838 runs)

Dhoni scored 838 runs playing for CSK and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) against RCB. He currently holds the record for most runs against this team in 33 matches and 31 innings.

Most Sixes (4th)

MSD currently ranks 4th in the most sixes rankings. He scored 229 sixes in 206 innings. Dhoni also gathered 4,978 runs within 15 years.

Most Matches Played (1st)

Legendary Dhoni holds the record for most matches played in the IPL. He featured in 234 games for the CSK and RPS.

Most Runs Scored as Captain (2nd)

Dhoni holds the 2nd spot for most runs scored as captain (4556). His commanding performances for CSK and RPS set him high in the overall rankings. He achieved the feat in 210 matches for the CSK. Dhoni’s numbers are bettered by Virat Kohli (4,881) who has captained his team 70 times fewer than MSD (140 matches).

Most Fairplay Awards (1st)

MS Dhoni captained one of the fairest sides in IPL history when you consider their record. No captain has received more fair play awards (6) than MSD. He and the Chennai Kings received this award in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 20

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