MS Dhoni’s legacy as finisher – In numbers

Let us have a look at some of the numbers to show why Dhoni is one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 3 July 2021 6:43 pm

MS Dhoni, who is called the best finisher in the limited-overs format, has won many matches for his team by batting till the end overs and making his team cross that winning line on many occasions. Whether it is 6 off 2 balls or 20 off 6 balls, MS Dhoni took the team home almost every time.  His aggressive knock in IPL 2010 game vs PBKS, 2012 CB Series, 2013 Tri-Series Finals against Sri Lanka and others are some of the classic instances where he showed his finishing abilities as a batsman.

Let us have a look at some of the numbers to show why he is one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket.

11 - MS Dhoni has smashed 11 sixes in a 20th over of an IPL match while batting second in a winning cause which remains to be the highest for any player

Most sixes in 40th over of an IPL match during winning cause

MS Dhoni - 11
Kieron Pollard - 7
Ravindra Jadeja - 6

20 - MS Dhoni has completed a successful chase with a six on 20 different occasions.

ODIs - 9 times
T20s - 7 times (5 times in IPL & 2 times in CL T20)
T20Is - 3 times
Test - 1 time

30 - MS Dhoni smashed 30 runs off the last two overs to win the game against PBKS in IPL 2010, which remains to be the most for any player.

Most runs scored by a batsman in the last 2 overs to win a match in IPL:

MS Dhoni - 30 vs PBKS in 2010
Ravindra Jadeja - 29 vs KKR in 2020
Chris Morris - 29 vs DC, 2021

56 - MS Dhoni has smashed 56 runs in 50th over of an ODI match in 7 innings in the winning cause at an extraordinary S/R of 329.41.

102.71 - MS Dhoni has a batting average of 102.71 in a successful chase, which remains to be highest for any player in ODIs with a minimum of 1000 runs being scored.

242.9 - MS Dhoni's S/R in 40th over of T20Is remains to be 242.9 in a winning cause. 

4483 - MS Dhoni has smashed 4483 runs in ODIs in a winning cause while batting outside the top 4 positions (No.5 - 11). He remains to be the only player to smash more than 4000 runs in ODI while batting at number 5 to 11 position in a winning cause.

Most runs in ODIs while batting at no.5 to 11 in winning cause:

MS Dhoni -4483
Andrew Symonds - 3590
Steve Waugh - 3524