Since its inception in 2008, many top cricketers from across the globe have been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In fact, many of the top stars from the cricketing world have been taking a break from domestic as well as international cricket to be a part of the league. Featuring the best cricketers from around the world and adorned with glitz and glamour, the IPL happens to be the most popular T20 league in the world.
Last year, Mumbai Indians won the IPL title with Chennai Super Kings finishing second. The man of the tournament in the 2019 season was Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player Andre Russell. The orange cap (awarded to the most run-getter in the season) was presented to David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and purple cap (awarded to the bowler with the most dismissals) was presented to Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings).
Usually played between the March and May window of every month, the league has been postponed to September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re someone who loves to bet on the IPL, then you can take the help of cricket betting tips at our site to improve your chances of winning. At cricketbettingtips.io, we list betting sites with the best cricket betting odds, and we also have various articles and guides to help you get started.
Over the years, the IPL has seen both old and young players when it comes to captaincy. Numerous veterans have been given the task to manage the team while some novice youngsters have also been given the chance to handle the rest – both giving mixed types of results. But amid all the shuffling, one name has been constant in the list of captains in the history of the IPL – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni has played the most number of IPL matches
Dhoni has played 174 matches as a captain – the most in the history of the IPL. They include 104 wins, 69 losses and one no-result. Captain cool boasts one of the best winning percentages at 60.11, which happens to be the highest for anyone who has led their team in more than 30 matches.
We know how great Dhoni as a captain is, and the number of top cricketers praising him is only an indication of this. One such player applauding Dhoni is South African star David Miller, who thinks MSD as one of the greatest finishers. Millers feels that Dhoni has taken Indian cricket to another level with his great finishing and match-winning skills. His best was when he smashed 91 runs off 79 balls to push India to lift the World Cup trophy in 2011.
Since then, Dhoni has been winning matches for India as well as his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. While the former Indian skipper has retired from international cricket, fans are eagerly waiting to watch him on the field in the upcoming season of the IPL. Dhoni’s finishing skills have completely inspired David Miller and the South African star wishes to acquire his calm attitude while dealing with high-pressure game.
I try and give off the same energy as MS Dhoni: David Miller
“I absolutely love the way Dhoni goes about his business. You just think that he’s always under control. The way he portrays himself, that’s something he’s quite good at, and I do love and enjoy that about him. I try to give off the same energy,” said David Miller to ESPNcricinfo.
Though Miller is in complete awe of Dhoni, he isn’t unaware of his weaknesses as a batsman. However, he just didn’t feel that it’s the time to mention them right now.
“Sure, he’s got his strength and weakness and so do I. I tend to be in awe of his chases rather than ‘I want to bet like him’. I just want to finish the games like he does.”
After spending eight years with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Miller will be playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020. In his 79 matches with KXIP, Miller has aggregated 1850 runs at an average of 34.25 and a strike rate of 138.78. Last year he played 10 matches, scoring 213 runs at an average of 26.62 and a strike rate of 129.87.
“We’ll say how my career unfolds and finishes, and then we can look back and sort of judge. Without a doubt, Dhoni is one of the best finishers ever, and I love watching him play,” Miller added.