Former Indian player Suresh Raina is excited to see all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja take over the captaincy reins of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022 from veteran player MS Dhoni. On Thursday, Dhoni decided to step down from CSK’s captaincy role after leading them in 13 editions of the Indian Premier League in the past.
Dhoni led CSK in 213 IPL matches since the inception of the lucrative tournament in 2008 and under his astounding leadership, the franchise appeared in nine IPL finals and won the title on four occasions (2010, 2011, 2018 & 2021).
MS Dhoni felt it is the right time to hand over captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja: CSK CEO
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan explained that Dhoni was considering to hand over the leadership role to Jadeja who has been with the franchise since 2012.
“MS Dhoni was thinking about it (handing the captaincy to Jadeja). He felt it is the right time to hand over captaincy to Jaddu [Jadeja]. He feels Jaddu is also in prime form of his career and it is the ideal time for him lead CSK. What will be good for the franchise must be [in the] back of his mind,” Viswanathan told ESPNcricinfo.
Can’t think of anyone better to take over the reins of a franchise: Suresh Raina on Ravindra Jadeja’s appointment as CSK skipper
Raina, who is the current leading run-scorer of CSK, welcomed the decision of Dhoni and the former CSK player feels no one better than Jadeja can lead the franchise. Raina is also confident that Jadeja will fulfill all the needs of the team and its fans in the IPL.
“Absolutely thrilled for my brother. I can’t think of anyone better to take over the reins of a franchise we both had grown up in. All the [email protected] It’s an exciting phase and I’m sure you will live up to all the expectations and love #yellow #csk #WhistlePodu,” Raina tweeted hours after Jadeja was named CSK’s new captain.
Absolutely thrilled for my brother. I can't think of anyone better to take over the reins of a franchise we both had grown up in. All the best @imjadeja . It's an exciting phase and I'm sure you will live up to all the expectations and love #yellow #csk #WhistlePodu
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 24, 2022
During the IPL 2022 players’ retention list, Jadeja was retained as CSK’s first choice player for INR 16 crore while Dhoni pushed himself to the second spot with the amount of INR 12 crore. CSK will play its first match against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 26 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.