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Gaikwad recalls conversation with MS Dhoni about CSK captaincy in 2022

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 April 2024, 10:43 IST
Ruturaj Gaikwad and MS Dhoni

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Chennai Super Kings skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad recalled the time when former captain MS Dhoni asked him "to be ready" for the opportunity to lead the five-time champions in future.

Transition of Leadership
Before the 17th edition of the IPL kicked off, Dhoni announced his decision to step down from captaincy and Gaikwad was named his successor.

Brief Experiment with Jadeja's Captaincy
Before Gaiwkad, Ravindra Jadeja also tried his hand at captaincy in IPL 2022 but Dhoni replaced him as the skipper during the season.

Gaikwad Reflects on Dhoni’s Guidance
After CSK's 7-wicket triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Gaikwad reflected on the time when Dhoni asked him to be prepared for captaincy.

Transition and Personal Readiness

"To be honest, it was not a deep conversation because even though we discussed it, it was in a very chilled state we were just practising, he came in and told me and all that stuff. But I feel that everyone, others who are outside would feel that there are big shoes to fill but I would like to be myself, I would like to continue the culture. In 2022, he said to me probably not next year but after that you might get a chance to lead so be ready for it. After that I was already ready for it, it was not something new for me or surprised or nothing new," Gaikwad said in the post-match press conference.

Gaikwad’s Captaincy
Under Gaikwad's leadership this season, CSK have won three of their five games with all triumphs coming at the franchise's home stadium.
(With ANI inputs)

First published: 9 April 2024, 10:43 IST