MS Dhoni became the first player to appear in 250 IPL matches during the IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday.
The final, scheduled to be played on Sunday evening, was postponed after torrential rains hit the city and forced the Reserve Day.
Dhoni will also become the first player to appear in 11 IPL finals since 2008. Dhoni has appeared in 10 finals as captain besides a solitary appearance for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 final against Mumbai Indians.
Dhoni has led CSK to four titles while finishing runner-up on five occasions in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019. Dhoni is the third-leading run-scorer for CSK in IPL finals behind Suresh Raina and Shane Watson, scoring 180 runs in six appearances.
Dhoni is followed by Rohit Sharma on the all-time list in terms of appearances, with 243 matches since 2008. Dhoni has amassed over 5000 runs in the league with 24 fifties and 234 sixes.
Overall in T20s, the former India captain is the third-most capped Indian player with 377 appearances behind Rohit and Dinesh Karthik. Dhoni is also the most successful wicket-keeper in T20s with 294 dismissals.
Most appearances in IPL
- 250* – MS Dhoni
- 243 – Rohit Sharma
- 242 – Dinesh Karthik
- 237 – Virat Kohli
- 225 – Ravindra Jadeja