MS Dhoni may have given up the captaincy of CSK, but he will forever remain the true leader

MS Dhoni has most perfect timings. Maybe that’s why he’s one of the best finishers in the business. Except in the 2019 World Cup, which was a rare flawed finish from the perfect finisher, Dhoni has literally always succeeded. He did it again when he relinquished the CSK captaincy and handed over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the IPL 2022.

Dhoni, who no longer plays international or domestic cricket, will surely struggle to continue with the same consistency in the future. No one knows that better than the legend itself. It was time to pass on the baton so he could enjoy his cricket and also be the leader that he is.

Let me clarify this. He remains the leader in the CSK camp and in the locker room and always will be. Jadeja, on the other hand, is at the peak of her powers and can easily lead the CSK for the next three to four years under the able guidance of Dhoni. The two share a fantastic bond and that will only help the franchise move forward.

Let me go back to an incident Dhoni once told me about the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. He had mentioned to me that when Jadeja was battling with him in that fateful semi-final against New Zealand, he was calibrating for both of them and making plans for the next overs. All in all, he was setting up Jadeja for the challenge and needless to say, the two had India agonizingly close to the target.

What Dhoni was doing in the crease is what he will do now in the locker room. In 2019, he was helping to prepare Ravindra Jadeja the dough. He will now help polish Jadeja the captain.

Jadeja has the resources and the time to adapt to a massive role as CSK captain

Watch the moment of decision. It couldn’t have been better. Jadeja will relish the opportunity to lead one of the most successful IPL teams and, right ahead of the IPL, it will give that little extra boost to an artist before the biggest show.

As for Dhoni, it will allow him to play with that bit of extra freedom, which he may need at this stage of his career. While he will always advise behind the counter and from the locker room, Jadeja will now be the man in the hot seat preparing the battle for the future.

What will this decision mean for CSK fans more specifically and for IPL fans in general? Needless to say Dhoni the captain will miss everyone. Dhoni at the post-match draw or presentation was always an attraction and was more like an emotion and a habit. Although it will take time to adapt to change, it will also mean that each of us will be hungry to hear even more.

From a marketing point of view, this decision is a stroke of genius. It adds that extra emotion to the franchise that is so important in uniting fans ahead of the IPL. Like I said, the timing is perfect. Again, Dhoni got it right.

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