The Chennai Super Kings’ hopes of qualifying for the playoffs came to an end on Thursday after the MS Dhoni-led team stumbled to a five-wicket loss to the Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. CSK, who struck first, were bundled out for 97, and in the end, the Mumbai Indians noted a comfortable victory. Since their playoff hopes have been dashed, it would be interesting to see how CSK approaches the last two matches in the league and it must also be seen if Dhoni returns as skipper for CSK next season.
Former India striker Virender Sehwag has said that Ruturaj Gaikwad has shown signs of being a good leader and that he can be someone who can lead CSK forward.
“He’s captain Maharashtra. He’s very quiet in his behavior. Even if he gets 100, it will not look like from his behavior that he has scored so many points. Even if he gets zero, his manner is the same. You can do not distinguish from his expression that he is very happy after making 100 or he is very sad after making 0. He is very calm, he has shown all glimpses of being a good captain, says Sehwag at Cricbuzz.
“He has been the captain of first-class cricket; he has the idea of how to control the game. Anyone can have a good season, if he plays 3-4 seasons so that he can become someone who can become a long-term captain after Dhoni Jag can only give my opinion but the last conversation is with CSK. Why does everyone value MS Dhoni very highly? He is very cool, he makes his own decisions and he has the luck factor with him. But happiness benefits those who make brave decisions So I think that “Ruturaj Gaikwad has all the qualities, I do not know if he will take the tour factor with him but he has all the other qualities that MS Dhoni has”, he continued.
During the current season, Gaikwad has made 313 runs in 12 games with an average of 26.08 with his highest score of 99 against SunRiser’s Hyderabad.
Former India striker Ajay Jadeja also agreed with Sehwag, saying there are no captaincy options so Ruturaj seems to be the most likely choice.
“You have no choice. If you make someone captain after MS Dhoni, who would you go for? The only choice you have is what Viru (Virender Sehwag) said. Robin Uthappa’s time has passed, Ambati Rayudu’s time has passed, Devon Conway has just come in, Dwayne Bravo will not stay there long either.If you look at spinning options you have already tried Ravindra Jadeja.You invested so much in Deepak Chahar but his injury is such, you do not know what will happen to “You never know with injuries,” said Jadeja.
Before the start of IPL 2022, Dhoni had dropped out as CSK skipper and Jadeja got the reins in the team. But eight games into the season, the captaincy was given back to Dhoni because Jadeja wanted to focus on his own game.
CSK is currently in ninth place in the IPL points table with 8 points in 12 matches.
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