5 coincidences between MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma’s careers

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MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are two of the most popular Indian cricketers right now. The right-handed batsmen have made a name for themselves with their incredible big-hitting in the IPL and in the international cricket. Dhoni and Rohit have won a total of eight IPL titles between themselves, which shows how successful they have been in their respective careers.

Thala held the record for being the most successful captain in IPL history. However, the Hitman has replaced him in that position now. Many fans felt that the Mumbai Indians dominated IPL 2020 just like the Chennai Super Kings did at the start of the decade. In case there is a mini auction before the 2021 season, the Mumbai-based franchise will likely continue their dominance next year as well.

Since Dhoni and Rohit have been incredibly successful, there have been a few coincidences in their careers. Here’s a look at the top five coincidences.

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5. Won two consecutive IPL championships

Only two teams have managed to successfully defend their IPL trophy in the last 13 years. The first team was the Chennai Super Kings who achieved this feat under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. The Yellow Army won their first title in 2010 and then retained it in 2011.

Playing under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, the Mumbai Indians won their fourth IPL title in 2019. While not many fans expected them to retain the title because of their dismal record in the United Arab Emirates, MI silenced their critics and won their fifth trophy.

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4. 200+ sixes in the IPL

Only three Indian batsmen have managed to hit 200 or more sixes in the Indian Premier League history. MS Dhoni was the first Indian player to achieve this record.

Rohit Sharma followed his footsteps and has hit 213 sixes in his IPL career so far. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli is the only other Indian batsman to surpass the 200 sixes milestone.

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3. 200 IPL matches

RPS Dhoni and MI Rohit
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MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are the only two cricketers to play 200 IPL matches in their career. Both batsmen began playing in the league in the year 2008.

To date, Dhoni has played 204 IPL matches, while Rohit has appeared in 200 games. Suresh Raina could have also accomplished this feat. Unfortunately, he skipped IPL 2020 because of personal reasons.

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2. Played for one Maharashtra team and one team from South India

Another startling coincidence between the IPL journeys of MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma involves the teams that they have represented in the IPL. Sharma started his career at the Deccan Chargers. Surprisingly, DC released him before the 2011 Mega Auction, and Mumbai Indians signed him there.

MS Dhoni has been the face of the Chennai Super Kings team since 2008. When CSK got suspended briefly in 2016 and 2017, Dhoni played for the Rising Pune Supergiant team. Thus, they have both played for one team from Maharashtra and one team from South India.

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1. Only captains to win IPL chasing and defending in a final

The players are under immense pressure while playing in the IPL Final matches. Only the players with a calm mindset succeed in that situation.

The greatness of MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma can be noted by the fact that they are the only skippers to win an IPL trophy while chasing and defending a target in the summit clash. Thus, these are the five coincidences between Dhoni and Sharma.

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