After MS Dhoni’s Sudden Exit From CSK Captaincy, IPL-Winning Coach Raises Questions On His Fitness


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In an interesting development a day before the start of IPL 2024, MS Dhoni stepped down from his Chennai Super Kings captaincy and handed over the reins to Ruturaj Gaikwad. Although this decision was expected by many, it still caused an explosion of emotions among fans. The situation in the CSK dressing room was no different, with tears in the eyes as soon as 'Thala' revealed that he would be stepping down from the captaincy before the start of the season.

Tom Moody, who was the coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad when they won the IPL, had an interesting comment on the development.

“When I first heard this news the one thing that came to my mind is whether this means that the preparations so far have not gone as per plan physically for Dhoni. Remember, at the end of the day “He is 40 and has played a huge amount of cricket and when you are a keeper it takes a toll on your body. Probably he was questioned whether he could play the entire tournament and thus It gives them flexibility without compromising the team. That could potentially be the case,” Tom Moody said on ESPN Cricinfo.

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming narrated the scene in the dressing room when Dhoni told him the news.

“(When Dhoni broke the news) there were a lot of emotions. There were a lot of tears. There was not a single dry eye in the dressing room. Everyone was emotional. Last time (when CSK changed the captain) we were not the same as MSK. is ready for the transition and change in leadership,” Fleming said.

“Congratulations are also due to Ruturaj. He is not the most outspoken person, but he has the qualities to take us in the right direction.”

This is not the first time that Dhoni has stepped down from the captaincy of CSK, he had done the same two years ago when Ravindra Jadeja replaced him. But, the move backfired and Dhoni was reinstated as captain midway through the campaign. However, Fleming is hoping for a different story this time.

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