In a drastic turn of events, Ravindra Jadeja has handed over the captaincy of CSK back to MS Dhoni. And the latter is said to have accepted it in the “larger interest of the team.”
The announcement came through the official Twitter handle of Chennai Super Kings. They posted a tweet announcing the change in captaincy. And the former captain accepted to lead the team to “allow Jadeja to focus on his game.”
There is no doubt in the fact that Chennai Super Kings have had one of the worst starts to their IPL campaign. They lost four matches on the trot before tasting their first victory against RCB.
And like it or not, Ravindra Jadeja is blamed for the team’s downfall.
Bad decisions led to CSK’s downfall this season
He has not been a player who would lead by example. Although there’s nothing he could have done about other players’ performance. But what has haunted CSK the most is Jadeja losing his form.
Known for his fabulous hitting and unpeaceable fielding, Jadeja has hit rock bottom this year. In the 8 innings he had played this year, he has only managed to accumulate 112 runs. That too, at a petty strike rate of 121.74.
What’s more crucial is some of the on-field decisions that have not gone Chennai’s way this season.
For starters, bowling Shivam Dubey in the 19th over against LSG was not a good move. Chennai Super Kings were in a commanding position before that over. But the bowler conceded 25 runs in the 19th over to change the game’s complexion.
This happened twice more in the games against Gujarat Giants and Punjab Kings recently. On each occasion, CSK lost a match from a position they should have won.
As a result, Chennai Super Kings have only 2 victories from 8 matches they have played. They now languish in the 9th position in the table. And chances of them making to the playoffs are slim.
However, MS Dhoni has made it possible once in the previous occasion.
It was in the 2010 edition of the IPL that Chennai won 7 matches on the trot to qualify for the playoffs. That year they also ended up winning their maiden title.
The question is, can they do it again this year?