It has been a horrendous start to Ravindra Jadeja’s tenure as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain with the side losing its first four games in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Several loopholes in the team have been exposed and many experts and fans have already written them off from the playoff race. Notably, Jadeja took over the reins from MS Dhoni on the eve of the competition.
He thus became CSK’s only second full-time captain. While Jadeja is one of the most prominent all-rounders going around, his leadership skills haven’t impressed the critics much. Speaking on the matter, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri reckons Jadeja shouldn’t have been named CSK captain at the first place. He further stated that CSK should have retained the services of Faf du Plessis if Dhoni didn’t want to lead the team.
CSK should not have let Faf du Plessis go because he is a match-winner: Ravi Shastri
“I believe, a player like Jadeja should focus on his cricket. If Chennai think about it again, they should have not let Faf du Plessis go because he is a match-winner and played a lot. If Dhoni didn’t want to captain the side, then Faf should have become the captain and Jadeja should have played as a player. Because he (Jadeja) can then play freely, no pressure of captaincy,” Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo show ‘T20 Time Out’.
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis, who was associated with CSK since his IPL debut in 2012, was released by CSK ahead of the mega auction. While the four-time champions tried to bring him back in the bidding event, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the war and acquired his services for INR 7 crore.
With Virat Kohli stepping down as RCB captain following the conclusion of the last season, Du Plessis has taken over the side’s reins and has so far done a fine job. Hence, Shastri reckons “things could have been different for Chennai” had Du Plessis served them in IPL 2022.