IPL: Dhoni four maximums away from becoming second highest six-hitter

M.S. Dhoni has 209 sixes from 189 matches in the Indian Premier League, third only to AB De Villiers who has 212 from 154.

Against the RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this season, Dhoni hammered the longest six of this season: 111 metres.   -  AFP

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is four shy of overtaking Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB De Villier as the second highest six-hitter in the history of the Indian Premier League.

Dhoni has 209 sixes from 189 matches, third only to De Villiers who has 212 from 154. Kings XI Punjab opener Chris Gayle tops the tally with a mind-boggling 326 maximums from just 125 matches. Dhoni has struck 23 sixes this edition of the IPL, amassing 414 runs from 14 matches at a strike-rate of 137.54.

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Against the RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this season, Dhoni hammered the longest six of this season: 111 metres.

“I think more the reason was that Dhoni felt he was best equipped to hit those sixes. The way he calculates the last few overs based on his power, he would have looked at it saying ‘I need four-five sixes to win the game’. As it panned out it was pretty close," CSK head-coach Stephen Fleming had remarked after his team fell short by one run in a thrilling last over finish made possible by Dhoni's pyrotechnics.