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‘Don’t want to change single bit of it’ – Ruturaj Gaikwad on keeping CSK’s tradition intact

The IPL has seen an exciting turn of events with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and with their new captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad, stepping into the limelight. Gaikwad’s journey to captaincy wasn’t by chance. It was influenced by none other than the legendary former CSK captain, MS Dhoni. Gaikwad revealed that Dhoni had hinted at him taking on a leadership role back in 2022, which paved the way for his eventual promotion.

Check out what Ruturaj Said:

“I want to maintain the CSK culture and keep our success going. I don’t plan on changing anything. I just want to make decisions freely and give players as much freedom as possible, just like it has been since I joined CSK. Nothing much changes, and I’m enjoying myself,” Ruturaj said.

His words show a strong dedication to upholding the CSK legacy, a team known for its rich history under leaders like Dhoni. Gaikwad’s leadership style is simple: stick to what works while staying true to oneself.

But Gaikwad faced challenges along the way. From initially being sidelined in his first IPL season to becoming a key player in the CSK batting lineup, his determination and the team’s support were crucial. Reflecting on his roles as both captain and batter, Gaikwad shared insights into the challenges he faces.

“Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Last year, we played on different pitches, and that affected my performance. But I don’t dwell on it. Captaincy adds another layer to batting. Even when I’m leading, my approach remains the same: to stay till the end and finish the innings,” he explained.

Gaikwad’s journey teaches us about resilience and adaptability. Despite setbacks, he remains focused on his goals. His leadership style, inspired by mentors like Dhoni, emphasises continuity and staying true to oneself. As Gaikwad continues to lead CSK, his journey serves as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers everywhere.

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