At Wankhede, law of averages catches up with Dhoni

Among the eight venues, Dhoni averages 26.44 at Wankhede; the poorest average (22.00), however, is at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Dhoni may have cleared the rope several times in the IPL but at Wankhede, his batting average is way lower than his exploits at other grounds.   -  FILE PHOTO/PRASHANT NAKWE

Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Wankhede Stadium is a special sentiment. Eight years ago, it was on this ground the former India captain won the World Cup. The venue also witnessed Dhoni leading Chennai Super Kings to its third IPL title last year.

Dhoni may have cleared the rope several times in the IPL but at Wankhede, his batting average is way lower than his exploits at other grounds. When CSK takes on Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, the veteran will hope to better his record at the special venue.

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Dhoni’s overall average in the IPL is 41.23.

Among the eight venues, Dhoni averages 26.44 at Wankhede. The poorest average (22.00), however, is at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Dhoni's batting average in the IPL

Against MI: 36.00

Against RCB: 37.32

Against KKR: 56.88

Against SRH: 56.43

Against DC: 34.60

Against RR: 40.22

Against KXIP: 54.80

 

Dhoni has 238 runs in 16 matches at Wankhede; his highest score being 43 not out.

Coming on the back of an unbeaten 75 off 46 balls against Rajasthan Royals, this could be Dhoni’s match. He has the numbers to flaunt against Rohit Sharma's side — 612 runs comprising three fifties at a strike-rate of 136.30.

Dhoni's average at the eight grounds

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium: 40.13

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium: 75.80

Eden Gardens: 52.40

Rajiv Gandhi Int.Stadium: 22.00

PCA Stadium: 50.00

Sawai Man Singh Stadium: 29.00

Feroz Shah Kotla: 30.17

Wankhede Stadium: 26.44

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