‘Ravindra Jadeja has entered…’: CSK coach after MS Dhoni-Ruturaj Gaikwad captaincy change

"Ravindra Jadeja entered...": CSK coach after MS Dhoni-Ruturaj Gaikwad captaincy change

File photo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad© BCCI/Sportzpics

Chennai Super Kings begin the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season with another captaincy experience, as MS Dhoni makes way for Ruturaj Gaikwad to lead the team. Two years ago, the Super Kings made a similar change: Ravindra Jadeja replacing Dhoni at the helm. However, this decision had to be reversed midway through the IPL 2022 campaign as Jadeja failed to impress as skipper. Head Coach of CSK Stephen Fleming Jadeja is now expected to play a supporting role for new captain Gaikwad in the team.

Fleming revealed that the decision was taken by Dhoni after much deliberation. The wicketkeeper-batter then broke the news at the table to his teammates before informing the management.

The CSK coach doesn’t think Ruturaj’s promotion will have any effect on Jadeja who remains a “tough character”.

“Jadeja entered CSK folklore with these two shots that he played in the last two balls of the last IPL. Jadeja is a tough character and there is a strong leadership component in him and Ruturaj will definitely use his help” , Fleming said.

Asked about the reasons for Ruturaj’s appointment, the coach added: “Ruturaj is very confident, he has a great approach towards other payers and is well respected in the group.”

Dhoni had injury issues to sort out at the end of last year and there were also doubts over his fitness in the build-up to the new season. But it is Thala’s desire that exceeds her limits.

“His body is stronger than last season and the most amazing thing about him is his durability and desire. His ability to come back again and again is almost contagious. Add to that the skills he still possesses and he hit the ball beautifully into the net,” Fleming said.

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