MS Dhoni leaves CSK in tears, shocks teammates unexpectedly on eve of IPL: ‘Not a single dry eye in the dressing room’ | Cricket


When he is MS Dhoni, We never know. First it was 2015, then 2019 and now 2024. It’s almost like Dhoni and the surprises go hand in hand as he pulled out another one when he decided to step down as captain of the team. Super Kings of Chennai. On the eve of the start of the 17th edition of the IPL, Dhoni and CSK dropped a mega bombshell announcing Ruturaj Gaikwad as their new skipper, and even though the writing was on the wall, when it came out, it hit quite strong and marked the end of an era.

MS Dhoni during a practice session ahead of the IPL 2024 match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (PTI)

At least that was the case in the CSK camp. Coach Stephen Fleming revealed that the decision was entirely Dhoni’s, but it left a whole bunch of guys emotional. That said, the team is extremely excited GaikwadThis is a new stint as captain and looking forward to the start of a hopefully promising new chapter.

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“(When Dhoni announced the news), there were a lot of emotions. Lots of tears. There wasn’t a dry eye in the locker room. Everyone was moved. Last time (when CSK changed captain) we weren’t as prepared for MS’s move and a change in leadership,” Fleming said.

“There were also a series of congratulations to Ruturaj. He’s not a very loud person, but he has qualities to guide us in the right direction.

This is not the first time that CSK has left Dhoni as captain. I at least tried. They pulled off a similar surprise in 2022 when Ravindra Jadeja was handed the reins but had to reverse his decision after CSK started the season poorly. And although it was too late to control the damage then, Dhoni led them to the title the following year. Fleming admits that two years ago, CSK were not ready for the transition, but this time around they are in a pretty good place regarding Gaikwad.

“Well, the major problem a few years ago was that we probably weren’t ready to let MS go away,” Fleming said. “And that probably made us as a management group or coaches think about the possibility of him leaving. And up until that point it was almost unthinkable, but it planted the seed. So we worked hard enough to ensure that the mistakes made then are not made again, and that leadership is not a secret.

Dhoni first revealed his decision to step down to his teammates and CSK support staff, leaving them in shock, before heading to inform the management.

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