The legendary MS Dhoni shocked his fans around the world after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) announced that Dhoni has stepped down as CSK captain ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, starting March 26.
The development came on Thursday when the official Twitter handle of CSK confirmed that Dhoni has withdrawn from the captaincy and passed on the baton to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
“MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team. 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,” stated an official CSK release.
Dhoni, who joined the Super Kings as a skipper in the inaugural season in 2008, has led the ‘Yellow Army’ to as many as four IPL title victories in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. The defending champions also hold the record for most appearances in the playoffs (eleven) and the Final (nine) in IPL history.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan revealed that Dhoni had announced the decision on Thursday at the team meeting before the squad left for training. CSK will play the tournament opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 26 in Mumbai.
“MS Dhoni was thinking about it. He felt it is the right time to hand over the captaincy to Jaddu [Jadeja]. He feels Jaddu is also in the prime form of his career, and it is the ideal time for him to lead CSK. What will be good for the franchise must be [in the] back of his mind,” said Viswanathan as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
As Dhoni decided to hand over the captaincy to Jadeja, the cricket fraternity didn’t miss the opportunity to express good wishes to Dhoni for having such a stellar career as a captain in the lucrative league.
Former India all-rounder and Dhoni’s ex-teammate Irfan Pathan appreciated Dhoni for achieving so many heights as CSK skipper.
“Timing has always been the key for MS. Well done on your leadership and mind-blowing results over the years for CSK. Would like to see him finish on a high,” tweeted Irfan.
Timing has always been the key for MS. Well done on your leadership and mind blowing results over the years for CSK. Would like to see him finish on a high.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 24, 2022
Former India opener Kris Srikkanth was in disbelief, stating he never thought MSD would quit the captaincy.
“#MSDhoni quits as captain never in a million years did I think it was possible! What a leader @msdhoni has been and what a legacy he leaves for @imjadeja to carry the baton of the best team in the Ipl by a mile @ChennaiIPL!” tweeted Srikkanth.
#MSDhoni quits as captain never in a million years did i think it was possible! What a leader @msdhoni has been and what a legacy he leaves for @imjadeja to carry the baton of the best team in the Ipl by a mile @ChennaiIPL!
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 24, 2022
Former India pacer and one of Dhoni’s dearest friends RP Singh wrote: “Knowing #MSDhoni𓃵 , this is so typical of him. No one quite knows what #Dhoni exactly thinks, but whatever his thought process, the team is always supreme in any of his decisions. I think it’s also good for #jadeja that he can learn a lot from him on the field. #CricketTwitter”
Knowing #MSDhoni𓃵 , this is so typical of him. No one quite knows what #Dhoni exactly thinks but whatever his thought process, the team is always supreme in any of his decisions. I think it's also good for #jadeja that he can learn a lot from him on the field. #CricketTwitter
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 24, 2022
Here is how others reacted:
It's been a pleasure, MS Dhoni (C). 💛💗 pic.twitter.com/lNP2eMHdqf
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 24, 2022
Tumsa koi nai 🇮🇳❤️✊ love u always Mahi bhai माई skipper 😊🙏 pic.twitter.com/HBl4aL9Dmj
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) March 24, 2022
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) March 24, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 24, 2022
Congratulations on a legendary tenure as captain of CSK, @msdhoni! 🙌🏻
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 24, 2022
Man I was literally thinking today how cool it is we still get to see MS Dhoni slay as CSK skip! The captaincy is in safe hands with Jadeja. But it hurts my heart a little knowing Mahi is in the winding down phase of his career. He’s given the game so much & gives us so much joy!
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 24, 2022
From 7️⃣ to 8️⃣ and from 🧊 to 🔥
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) March 24, 2022
इज़्ज़तें, शोहरतें, चाहतें, उल्फ़तें
कोई भी चीज़ दुनिया में रहती नहीं
आज मैं हूं जहां कल कोई और था…आज मैं हूं जहां कल कोई और था
ये भी एक दौर है वो भी एक दौर था #EndOfAnEra#TATAIPL #MSDhoni #crickettwitter
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) March 24, 2022
You led the pack with class MSD, and all of us watched in awe 🥺💙
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 24, 2022
We use the expression "end of an era" very loosely sometimes. But Dhoni giving up the captaincy of @ChennaiIPL is truly the end of an era for all those loyal fans with whom he forged a relationship of the kind very few have.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2022