MS Dhoni has decided to step down as captain of the Chennai Super Kings, handing over the reigns to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The 40-year old Dhoni, to be 41 in July assures that he will continue as a player for the next two seasons. Jadeja has been a part of the CSK side since 2012, and was retained along with Dhoni ahead of the auction in 2022.
Dhoni has led CSK for every season since 2008, barring the two years they were banned from the league. CSK also confirmed the news on their website, adding that MS Dhoni will continue to represent the team this “season and beyond.”
MS Dhoni to continue representing CSK “this season and beyond”
Dhoni steps down from the mantle after moulding the Chennai Super Kings into arguably the most successful franchise in the league. Under the leadership of the legendary World-Cup winning captain, CSK has won four IPL titles in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021. Aside from a difficult season in 2020 where they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in their history, they have had the smoothest run of all franchises. He has also led CSK to two trophies of the erstwhile Champions’ League in 2010 and 2014.
The celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman is synonymous with success. He led India to a maiden ICC World T20 championship in 2007, then won the ODI World Cup in 2011, followed by winning the Champions Trophy in 2013.
He has become known for his abrupt, no-fuss retirement announcements. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 after the Boxing Day Test in Australia that year, and just as suddenly stepped down from limited overs’ captaincy in 2017. He failed to make another appearance for India after the horror-show of their 2019 World Cup semi-final, and retired from international cricket via an Instagram post in 2020.