Ravindra Jadeja gave away CSK captaincy to MS Dhoni

Ravindra Jadeja gave away CSK captaincy to MS Dhoni

Ravindra Jadeja has given away Chennai Super Kings captaincy, handing it back to MS Dhoni, the franchise has confirmed in a statement. According to a team official, the decision was taken after CSK’s last game in this IPL, against Punjab Kings, which the team lost by 11 runs. The four-time champions are languishing at eighth in the table, with just two wins from eight matches.

CSK chief executive Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that this had been purely a cricketing decision, taken at a meeting attended by Jadeja, Dhoni, and the team management (head coach Stephen Fleming). “This is a decision taken by the team management and Jaddu, which we have now published in the press. Team officials didn’t have a say in this, only the team management. Jaddu expressed his desire to relinquish captaincy and give it back to MSD, who is taking up the responsibility in the larger interest of the franchise,” Viswanathan told The Sunday Express.

Dhoni had given up the CSK captaincy before this year’s IPL with an eye to the future. The franchise’s retention policy – Rs 16 crore and Rs 12 crore for Jadeja and Dhoni, respectively – also had the latter’s approval. The idea was that the former captain would mother-hen his successor, allowing him to grow into the job. Jadeja has been respectful towards Dhoni, and he didn’t hesitate to lean heavily on the ex-skipper for on-field decisions.

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However, this year, the allrounder’s form – 112 runs, five wickets from eight matches – prompted him to rethink. Despite a prolonged start, there’s still belief in the camp that a strong back-end run in the tournament is possible.

The CSK press release stated: “Jadeja has decided to give away captaincy to focus more on his game and has requested MS Dhoni to lead CSK.

“MS Dhoni has accepted to lead CSK in the larger interest and to allow Jadeja to focus on his game.”

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