Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Proving the speculation by a cross-section of cricket experts correct, MS Dhoni has left the captainship of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2022 season. His old teammate and gusty all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja will take over the leadership role from Dhoni, much to the astonishment of CSK fans.

As per a statement issued by CSK, Jadeja, who has been an integral part of the team since 2012, will only be the third player to lead the franchise. Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond as a member of the team.

Many experts had expressed their views that Dhoni has passed his prime and his prowess as a finisher has waned over the years. As far as batting is concerned the aggressive batsman didn’t have the best of times in the last few years. He has managed to score a paltry 114 runs in the last season and only 314 runs in the last two seasons.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had advocated for Jadeja to lead CSKin IPL 2022. Dhoni, who has been the CSK captain since the league’s inception in 2008, could be playing in his last IPL this season. He has already retired from international cricket.

Defending champions CSK will open their campaign against last edition’s runner-up side Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.