Chennai Kings Super Mahindra Singh Dhoni captain on Friday became the first player in world cricket to lead a team in 300 T20 matches across various competitions during his team’s IPL summit match against the Kolkata Kite Raiders here.
The 40-year-old former India captain, playing the AFC Champions League final for the 10th time (the ninth for CSK captain), led the “Yellow Brigade” in 214 matches in the 12 editions they participated in from 14 seasons in the Indian Premier League.
He has also led the Rising Pune Supergiants during one season of the IPL apart from leading India in six T20 World Cup tournaments.
His crowning glory would surely lead India to the T20 World Cup title in South Africa in 2007.
Prior to that tournament, India only played one T20I in 2006 in South Africa of which Dhoni was a part.
“It’s been a long time. We started T20 around 2005-2006 and most of the games were franchise cricket, and in the past five years there have been a lot of T20 games in international cricket as well,” Dhoni said in a toss.
In fact, second on the list is Darren Sammy, who has captained a team in 208 games for West Indies and several franchises.
Interestingly, both Dhoni and rival captain Eoin Morgan are playing their 347th match in T20.
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