Chennai Super Kings’ hopes of qualifying for the play-offs came to an end on Thursday after the team led by MS Dhoni stumbled to a five-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. CSK, who batted first, were bundled for 97, and eventually Mumbai Indians scored a comfortable victory. As their hopes of the play-offs have been dashed, it will be interesting to see how CSK approaches the last two league phase matches and it also remains to be seen whether Dhoni will return as captain of CSK next season.
Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag said Ruturaj Gaikwad showed a glimpse of a good leader and that he could be someone who could lead CSK.
“He’s captain of Maharashtra. He’s very quiet in his attitude. Even if he scores a 100, it’s not going to look like he’s scored that much from his behavior. Even if he scores zero, his manners are the same. You can “from his expressions that he is very happy after scoring a 100 or he is very sad after scoring 0. He is very calm, he has shown all the glimpses of a good captain,” said Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“He has captain in first-class cricket; he has the idea how to control the game. Anyone can have a good season, if he plays 3-4 seasons, so he can be someone who can become a long-term captain after Dhoni I can just give my opinion but the final call is at CSK.Why does everyone rate MS Dhoni very highly? He is very cool; he makes his own decisions and he has the happiness factor with him.But luck benefits those who make brave decisions So, I “I think Ruturaj Gaikwad has all the qualities, I do not know if he will bring the happiness factor, but he has all the other qualities that MS Dhoni has,” he added.
In the continuing season, Gaikwad scored 313 runs in 12 matches at an average of 26.08 with his highest score 99 against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Former Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja also agreed with Sehwag, saying there is a lack of captaincy options, so Ruturaj seems the most likely choice.
“You have no choices. If you make someone after MS Dhoni the captain, who would you go for? The only choice you have is what Viru (Virender Sehwag) said. Robin Uthappa’s time is over, Ambati Rayudu’s time is over, Devon Conway has just come in, Dwayne Bravo is not going to stay there long either. If you look at spin options, you’ve already tried Ravindra Jadeja. “You do not know what will happen to him? You never know with injuries,” Jadeja said.
Before the start of IPL 2022, Dhoni retired as CSK captain and Jadeja was given the reins of the team. However, eight games into the season, captaincy was returned to Dhoni as Jadeja wanted to focus on his own game.
CSK is currently in ninth place on the IPL standings with 8 points from 12 games.
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