Chennai Super Kings had a disastrous IPL 2022 as it not only ended up at the 9th position in the points table but its campaign was also marred by the captaincy saga. Just before the start of the tournament, Ravindra Jadeja was announced as the new skipper of the team but he soon gave up the captaincy as the team performed pretty badly under his leadership and MS Dhoni once again took the charge of CSK. Later on it was stated that Ravindra Jadeja had been ruled out of the IPL 2022 because of an injury but there were some rumours as per which things are not on good terms between the Indian all-rounder and the CSK management and the former may not figure in the team in the next season.
As CSK’s campaign came to an end, there were two things about which CSK fans are very much concerned, first whether MS Dhoni will play in the next season and second, whether he will lead the team then or not.
While MS Dhoni has made it clear that he will be playing in the next season, the air regarding the captaincy issue is not yet clear and many cricket experts and former cricketers have also shared their opinion in this matter.
Speaking on a sports show before the start of the match which was played between CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the former Aussie cricketer Matthew Hayden states that though it will be a very emotional decision for the franchise considering the fact that MS Dhoni has contributed immensely in the success of CSK yet if the individual performances are taken into consideration while appointing a skipper, MS Dhoni has no chance of leading the team.
Matthew Hayden further says that there is no doubt MS Dhoni has power in his hands, he is quick behind the wickets, still he is a great runner between the wickets and he is the most experienced cricketer in the IPL but if we look at his contribution with the bat, he is not the one who should lead the team because he has scored only 200 runs at a strike rate of 128.
Hayden goes on to state that if the franchise is comfortable with Dhoni’s contribution with bat, it is their choice but if we compare his batting figures with that of RR skipper Sanju Samson, Dhoni is quite behind. Matthew Hayden adds that Sanju Samson has scored 300 runs at an average of 30 but his performance as a skipper is still questioned. The former Aussie cricketer says that the decision will be very emotional but he is quite clear in this regard.
However, the former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar who was also a part of the show had a disagreement with Matthew Hayden as he wanted Dhoni to continue in this role next year as well. Little Master states that being the legend that Dhoni is, the Indian cricket lovers just want to see him keep on playing as they can’t get enough of him. Sunil Gavaskar referred to the retirement of legendary Sachin Tendulkar and said that it was a very sad occasion and as we all are aware of the fact that Dhoni might play some matches next year, fans would want to see him carry on.
Should Dhoni lead CSK next year as well or should the team play under a new skipper? What are your views in this regard? Let us know.