MS Dhoni stepping down as CSK captain was ‘inevitable’, says Ravichandran Ashwin |


India's great off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claims that Ruturaj GaikwadIt is not too early to take the lead in the IPL with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). According to Ashwin, given Mahendra Singh Dhoni's experienced approach, it is likely that the cricket legend had discussed the possibility of captaincy with Gaikwad much earlier.
The announcement by Gaikwad to take charge of CSK a day before the start of the 2024 season marks a significant change. This change was previously attempted during the 2022 edition, though failed, when Ravindra Jadeja stepped down from the captaincy after eight matches and Dhoni took over the reins. again.

Given the team's previous attempts at leadership change, Ashwin does not find the decision surprising.

“This decision was inevitable and it was coming at some stage. I know MS Dhoni and he puts the team at the forefront and keeps thinking about the well-being of the team,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
“That's why, two years ago, he gave the captain's armband to Jadeja. He has now handed it to Ruturaj. The decision had to be taken, while the question was who and how.”

Ashwin believes that this decision must have come after much deliberation.
“Ruturaj would not have thought till yesterday that he would play only as a batsman. I believe Dhoni would have told Ruturaj last year – 'Brother, you are going to take charge. You can do this .I will be there, so you don't have to worry'', Ashwin said.
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When it comes to Gaikwad's leadership abilities, Ashwin expressed confidence in his ability to succeed. Drawing parallels between Gaikwad and Dhoni, he noted their shared qualities of calmness and composure, rating both of them highly in terms of character.

Ashwin said, “I know Ruturaj, who is a very calm person. I am very happy for him.”
'Be prepared' – Gaikwad says Dhoni gave a hint last year
After being officially named as CSK captain, Gaikwad revealed that Dhoni had hinted at a change in the leadership of the team during the last season.
“Only last year, Mahi Bhai had hinted about captaincy at some point of time. He had just hinted that 'be prepared, it should not be a surprise for you.' When we came to the camp, they involved me in some match simulations,” he told

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