In an unanticipated move ahead of the commencement of the IPL 2022, the cricket fans have braced up a mixture of shock and surprise event as the Chennai Super Kings has turned heads through a major transition of leadership. Yes, the endearing cricketer MS Dhoni has handed over his captaincy of Chennai Super Kings for the first time in over a decade.
Dhoni has been a successful captain of the IPL and has been instrumental in the milestones of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Under his captaincy, CSK has won four titles and still enjoys as the only team in the IPL that entered the finals more times. In the 14-year history of IPL, Dhoni has won a special place in the hearts of Chennai fans more than any other captain of the IPL teams.
Now, as IPL 2022 is about to commence in two days, Dhoni has handed over the captaincy for the upcoming season, and in place of him, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be leading the team. The change of baton was announced on Thursday - March 24 and with the new role, Jadeja makes history by becoming the third player to lead CSK after MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who led the team for a brief tenure.
The announcement of the change of captaincy has swiftly drawn nationwide attention. In an official statement, CSK has said, "MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team. Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK. Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond."
The change of baton wasn't predicted and the reports say that Dhoni has decided to bring the second-line leadership to the front of the battle as the CSK is all set to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on March 26 - Saturday as the season opener in Mumbai. Unlike the previous seasons, the current edition of IPL will bring in ten teams, with the induction of two new teams and the teams were split up into two groups.
As the defending champions, CSK is ready to face the battle under the new leadership with Dhoni remaining as a batsman. As a most successful all-rounder, Jadeja was bought by CSK in 2012 for Rs 9.8 crore, making him the most expensive player of that auction. He has been a gamechanger for the CSK in several matches and won a respectable legacy and prominence among Indian cricket fans.