IPL 2022: MS Dhoni will return to captain the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, which begins on March 26. He was one of the franchise’s necessary retentions. He accepted a significant wage drop as a result of being signed for a price of INR 12 crore. It represented a significant salary decrease. Nikhil Chopra, a former India spinner, has recently expressed his thoughts on who could replace the great captain and has even given a candidate for the position.
According to Chopra, famous Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja might be Dhoni’s ideal replacement if and when he decides to retire from the IPL as a player soon. Also, the reigning champions kept Jadeja for an incredible INR 16 crore. Thus, making him the highest-paid player in IPL 2022. Dhoni may have made himself available for the remainder of the season, but with his 41st birthday coming up in July, it is unclear how long he will be able to push himself as a player for the foreseeable future.
IPL 2022: Nikhil Chopra wants Ravindra Jadeja to be the next CSK captain
“Jadeja is a strong candidate to be the future captain of Chennai Super Kings. His career has developed extremely nicely because of the way he is playing and the way his form has been throughout formats, as well as the job that he has been given in T20s to bowl four overs and bat down the order,” according to Nikhil Chopra, host of the YouTube podcast ‘Khelneeti’.
“In his opinion, this is the reason why they paid such a high price for him. If Dhoni is unable to participate in the IPL next year, Jadeja might become the team’s next captain,” Nikhil Chopra said.
Jadeja had an outstanding 2021 season, in which he performed well both with the bat and with the ball for the Yellow Army. With 227 runs from 16 matches at an average of 75.66 and a strike rate of 145.51, he accumulated a half-century. His best individual score was an undefeated 62. Aside from that, the southpaw has 13 wickets to his credit. His bowling average was 26.61 and an economy rate of 7.06. His fielding abilities were also exceptional, as seen by his outstanding catches.
This time around, CSK will be aiming for a fifth championship, which would tie the club’s all-time record. On March 26, they will face the Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in the first match of the Indian Premier League 2022.