MS Dhoni might not have had a great season with the bat for CSK in IPL 2021, but he came to the fore once again in a last overrun chase and got the job done for the men in yellow to help them qualify to the final.
Now, it has been 7 times that MS Dhoni has finished a run chase in the favor of his side with more than 10 runs needed in the 20th over of the innings. He is comfortably ahead of everyone else, as the next men on the list are Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who have done it 4 times each for Mumbai Indians and CSK respectively. The third finisher on the list is Ravindra Jadeja who has been finishing games brilliantly for CSK the last couple of years.
The list shows why MS Dhoni is called the greatest finisher
When you see this kind of list, it shows that despite his recent form, when MS Dhoni is called the greatest finisher in the IPL or in white-ball cricket in general, that’s not an overstatement because he has got the job done so many times in the past.
Most times Scoring 10 or 10+ runs in 20th Over in a Successful runchase (IPL)
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Interestingly, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith are also on this list who are actually top-order players, but they have finished games in the 20th over with more than 10 runs needed twice for their respective sides.
Rohit, when he used to play for Deccan Chargers back in the initial days of the IPL, was actually a middle-order batsman and used to bat in the death overs a lot. Since he has always been a good player of fast bowling, Rohit was a good finisher for Deccan, before he moved to Mumbai Indians and started opening the innings.
The same goes for Steve Smith as well who used to bat in the middle order a lot for Rajasthan Royals back in the day when he was a swashbuckling young player. And just like Rohit, Smith is a very, very good player of fast bowling which helped him finish the innings when he used to bat in the lower middle order.