Dhoni has averaged a phenomenal 89.20 with the bat this year, with a highest score of 79*. He has been batting slightly up the order and taking his time to settle in before going for the big shots. He has tackled the spinners.
However, when it comes to the playoffs, Dhoni seems to be on another planet and his record in Playoffs has always been sensational.
He has had 16 innings and scored 447 runs at a strike rate of 138.39. His average is also a phenomenal 44.7 with the bat in hand. He will be looking to continue the impressive showing when Chennai Super Kings take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier on Tuesday.
The yellow brigade have been on a roll since making their comeback to the IPL fold after serving a two-year-ban, and have rarely lost the momentum this season with the old guards and new sensations firing in unison.
In their final league game at their adopted home ground in Pune on Sunday, CSK rode on Suresh Raina's gutsy half century to not only romp home by five wickets but also stop Kings XI Punjab from entering the play-offs.
On the other hand, the Sunrisers have been on a three-game losing run, having already sealed their play-off spot with a victory on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils.
Interestingly, it was the CSK who halted Sunrisers' six-game winning streak with a comprehensive eight-wicket drubbing on May 13 in Pune.
First Published: May 22, 2018, 8:30 AM IST