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Breaking!! MS Dhoni Steps Down as CSK Captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad replaces the Legend

In a significant development for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the IPL 2024 season, the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made the decision to step down from his role as captain. This marks the end of an era as Dhoni, fondly known as ‘Captain Cool,’ has been synonymous with leading the CSK franchise since the inception of the IPL in 2008, with the exception of the two years when the team faced suspension due to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.

Ruturaj Gaikwad named as new CSK Captain

Taking over the mantle of leadership from Dhoni is Ruturaj Gaikwad, a familiar face in the CSK lineup since 2019. Gaikwad’s meteoric rise in the IPL has been remarkable, highlighted by his exceptional performance in the 2021 season where he clinched the prestigious Orange Cap. His contributions with the bat have been pivotal for CSK, amassing an impressive tally of 1797 runs from 52 matches at a commendable average of 39.06 and an impressive strike rate of 135.52.

Dhoni, aged 42, has been at the helm of affairs for CSK since the inception of the IPL in 2008, except for the two years when the franchise faced suspension in connection with the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. Despite briefly handing over the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja during the 2022 season, Dhoni resumed leadership midway through the campaign. His remarkable tenure saw CSK emerge victorious in 128 out of 212 IPL matches, underscoring his unparalleled contribution to the team’s success.

CSK’s Full Statement On Ruturaj Gaikwad Replacing MS Dhoni As Captain For IPL 2024

In an official statement released by CSK, the franchise expressed confidence in Gaikwad’s ability to lead the team forward, emphasizing his integral role in the squad since joining in 2019. The statement reads, “MS Dhoni has handed over Chennai Super Kings’ captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the start of IPL 2024. Ruturaj has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2019 and has played 52 matches in IPL during this period. The team looks forward to the upcoming season.”

The transition in leadership comes as Dhoni is widely speculated to retire at the conclusion of the season, prompting the franchise to prioritize a smooth handover of responsibilities in his presence as a player. As Gaikwad assumes the mantle of captaincy, CSK fans eagerly anticipate his leadership journey and hope for continued success under his stewardship.

In a symbolic gesture of the changing of the guard, the Indian Premier League (IPL) announced Gaikwad’s appointment as captain, with a picture showcasing all captains posing with the IPL trophy. The post on X reads, “Presenting @ChennaiIPL’s Captain – @Ruutu1331,” signifying the beginning of a new era for the CSK franchise under Gaikwad’s leadership.

With Gaikwad poised to lead CSK into IPL 2024, the cricketing world awaits the unfolding of a new chapter in the storied history of one of the IPL’s most iconic franchises.

Also read: ‘I think Ruturaj Gaikwad will be a good option’ – Suresh Raina weighs in on future Chennai Super Kings skipper

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