IPL 2022 mega auction will be a grand event, with the addition of two new teams. All eyes will be on a few key players who may hang up boots before the start of IPL 2022. One among such players is MS Dhoni. The heartbeat of CSK, who has carried the most consistent team on his shoulders, has not yet officially announced his retirement. But Dhoni, as we all know, is famous for making sudden announcements. We should not be surprised if he announces his retirement or he might become a mentor to the team, before the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Although MS Dhoni is the most successful captain in the history of IPL, he has failed to provide a valuable contribution as a batsman in the last few years. This year was his worst IPL outing, scoring just 114 runs in 16 games. N Srinivasan, the boss of Chennai Super Kings, has recently said that “Dhoni is part and parcel of CSK, Chennai and Tamil Nadu.
There is no CSK without Dhoni there is no Dhoni without CSK”. This clarifies that Dhoni will be part of the Chennai Super Kings, maybe not as a player, but as a member of the team management.
If Dhoni decides to hang up boots before IPL 2022, let us look at three probable players who can replace him as the captain of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022.
3 Players Who Can Lead Chennai Super Kings If MS Dhoni Doesn’t Play The Tournament
Ravindra Jadeja could be one of the best replacements for Dhoni as the captain of CSK. Jadeja is the part of the yellow army since 2012. He has been an integral member of the squad, giving a valuable contribution to the team. CSK is fortunate enough to have the services of India’s best all-rounder.
He has scored 2386 runs in 200 matches. His consistency with the ball can be judged from the fact that he has picked 127 wickets. If CSK team management decides to value experience, Ravindra Jadeja might lead CSK in IPL 2022.
Ruturaj Gaikwad is one of the most talk-about players currently in the limelight. The young opener was inducted into the CSK squad last year in IPL 2020. The team management gave him the opportunity in the second half of IPL 2020. Since then, he has been simply brilliant. Overall, in 22 matches, Rutiraj Gaikwad has scored 839 runs, including 7 half-centuries and 1 century.
In fact, in IPL 2021, he was also the orange cap winner accumulating 635 runs in 16 matches. Ruturaj Gaikwad can be a good choice for CSK going forward in IPL 2022. If the team management decides to give the responsibility of captainship to young talent, Rituraj Gaikwad can be a great choice.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis, the pocket rocket player, had an awesome performance at IPL 2021. He was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament. Plessis scored 633 runs in 16 matches. The South African explosive opener is a key part of CSK.
In IPL history, he has scored 2395 runs in 150 matches. This includes 23 half-centuries. Plessis can be an excellent choice to lead CSK in IPL 2022.