Dubai: Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni on Friday broke his teammate Suresh Raina’s all-time file of most appearances within the IPL — 193 matches — as he performed his 194th recreation, towards SunRisers Hyderabad on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium right here.
Dhoni, 39, retired from worldwide cricket in August. And Raina, 33, opted out of the current match as a result of “personal reasons”.
The 2 senior professionals have performed for CSK because the first IPL version in 2008, apart from two seasons in 2016 and 2017, when CSK was suspended by the Supreme Courtroom in a betting-fixing scandal. Dhoni represented Rising Pune SuperGiant and Raina performed for Gujarat Lions in these two years.
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Whereas the pair was anticipated to be reunited this season, Raina pulled out of the match after travelling with the staff to the UAE.
Dhoni’s tally of 194 matches can also be essentially the most appearances made by any participant for any T20 franchise world wide.
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CSK have made a sluggish begin to the season. After successful their first match towards Mumbai Indians in a repeat of the 2019 last, CSK have gone on to lose to Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs and Delhi Capitals by 44 runs to seek out themselves on the backside of the desk firstly of Thursday’s match.