Ruturaj Gaikwad replaces MS Dhoni as CSK captain ahead of IPL 2024

Ruturaj Gaikwad replaces MS Dhoni as CSK captain ahead of IPL 2024

Ruturaj Gaikwad in action for CSK© BCCI

Ruturaj Gaikwad replaced MS Dhoni as skipper of Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2024. The announcement came after Gaikwad attended the captains’ meeting ahead of this year’s competition in Chennai on Thursday. MS Dhoni was the captain of CSK since the inaugural season of the IPL and he won the title five times – the most of any skipper alongside Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma. Gaikwad, who played six ODIs and 19 T20s for India, made his debut for CSK in 2020 and went on to represent the five-time IPL champions in 52 matches. The right-handed opener had a memorable run last year, tallying 590 runs in 16 matches at an impressive strike rate of 147.50.

“MS Dhoni has handed over the Chennai Super Kings captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad before the start of the TATA IPL 2024. Ruturaj has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings since 2019 and has played 52 matches in the IPL during this period,” said the CSK in a statement on their website.

“The team is looking forward to the upcoming season,” the statement added.

Dhoni has had one of the most inspiring journeys in the history of sport. Starting as a ticket collector at a railway station, he went on to become India’s biggest trophy collector, leading the team to the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. 2013 ICC champions as skipper.

Dhoni has led CSK to five IPL titles in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021 and 2023. Dhoni has also led CSK to two CLT20 titles in 2010 and 2014. With this, he is not only the most successful captain of the cricket franchise, but cricket in general.

The right-handed batter has played 250 IPL matches, mostly for CSK, besides a stint with Rising Pune Supergiant from 2016 to 2017. In these matches, he scored 5,082 runs at an average of 38.79. He also scored 24 half-centuries in the tournament. He also has 142 catches and 42 stumpings.

CSK will face Royal Challengers Bengaluru on Friday in the IPL 2024 in Chennai.

CSK squad for IPL 2024: MS Dhoni (c), Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajay Mandal, Mukesh Choudhary, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Mitchell Santner, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki , Maheesh Theekshana, Rachin Ravindra, Shardul Thakur, Daryl Mitchell, Sameer Rizvi, Mustafizur Rahman, Avanish Rao Aravelly.

(With contributions from the agency)

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