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MS Dhoni hands over CSK’s captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja ahead of IPL 2022

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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MS Dhoni hands over CSK’s captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja ahead of IPL 2022

New Delhi: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be leading the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as veteran MS Dhoni has handed over the captaincy to him, the franchise said in a statement issued on March 24.

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Releasing a statement, the CSK said that Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond. “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 CSK statement read.

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Under Dhoni, CSK clinched the title trophy four times – 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021.

They also hold the record for most appearances in the playoffs (eleven) and the Final (nine) of the IPL.

Defending champions CSK will open their campaign against last edition’s runner-up side Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

Jadeja’s stint as the captain will formally start from March 26, when CSK would be playing the tournament’s inaugural match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Notably, Jadeja has been associated with four IPL franchises in the past 14 years. He was part of Rajasthan Royals from 2008-09, bought by Kochi Tuskers in 2011, acquired by CSK for the period between 2012-15, moved on to Gujarat Lions in 2016 and returned to the Super Kings in 2018.

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According to analysts, Jadeja would, however, face a challenging task of matching the standard set by Dhoni as the CSK captain. Under the latter’s leadership, the yellow team has won the IPL title four times, highest among all other franchises. CSK is also the defending champion as it had won the tournament’s 2021 edition held in the United Arab Emirates.

Cumulatively, Dhoni has captained CSK in 204 matches with a winning percentage of 59.60. The team had won 121 matches, lost 82 and one ended without a result.
Dhoni has led CSK in all editions of the tournament, except in 2016 and 2017 when the franchise was banned to take part in the league.

He has taken CSK to the final of the league a record 10 times.

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