Mahendra Singh Dhoni steps down as captain of CSK; Ravindra Jadeja replaces him

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has handed over the captaincy reins at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to Ravindra Jadeja, ahead of the start of the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The development comes just two days before CSK open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai in the season opener at Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni, who was bought as the icon player by CSK in the inaugural season in 2008, has led CSK to 4 titles in the 12 seasons that he has led the team. Under Dhoni, CSK established themselves as the most consistent franchise in the league, qualifying for the play-offs every season barring one.

“MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team.,” stated an official CSK release. “Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK.


“Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond,” the release added.

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