Karachi: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni is making his final season in the IPL a memorable one. Wherever Chennai Super Kings play this season, they get more fan support than their home team. There is only one reason for that. The presence of the captain MS Dhoni. In Mumbai, Bangalore and yesterday in Kolkata, thousands came to shout for Dhoni and turn the stadium into a sea of yellow.
Although it has not been officially announced, it was believed that this will be Dhoni’s last season in the IPL, as he had already stated last season that he wanted to play in front of his own fans in Chennai and retire. Although the team members are hinting that the 41-year-old Dhoni will play for the team next season too, the chances of him continuing in the IPL are low.
In this situation, questions are also raised as to who will replace Dhoni and lead the Chennai Super Kings. As Ravindra Jadeja was tried and failed last season, many pointed to Ben Stokes as Dhoni’s replacement at the start of the season. But the current assessment is that Stokes, who is struggling due to injury and lack of form, is less likely to become Chennai’s captain. In this situation, Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram predicts who will be Chennai’s next captain.
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Akram said that if Dhoni announces his retirement at the end of the season, Ajinkya Rahane should be chosen as Chennai’s captain. Chennai tried Jadeja as captain last season. But Jadeja proved that the responsibility of captaincy affects his performance. After that they had to captain Dhoni again. But if Dhoni retires at the end of the season, I feel they can’t get a better captain than Ajinkya Rahane. Being an Indian player is also the reason for choosing Rahane. In franchise cricket, it is best to make those natives as captains.
When foreign players are captained, they often do not even remember the names of the players in the team. And how do they lead the team? So if Dhoni does enough, I think they can’t get a better captain than Rahane, Akram told Sports Keeda.
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Rahane, who has been devastating for Chennai this season, has scored 224 runs at a strike rate of 189.83 in six innings. Rahane is the second best batsman to have faced at least 100 balls this season.
Last Updated May 1, 2023, 1:34 PM IST
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