Chennai Super Kings are currently in ninth place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 points list with just six points. The franchise isn’t known for chopping and changing, but this season has turned out to be somewhat different as the side chose to make leadership changes. Before the start of IPL 2022, MS Dhoni had handed over the baton to Ravindra Jadeja. However, after eight games into the season, the all-rounder gave up his captaincy and Dhoni chose to lead again in “greater interest”.
Jadeja’s performance with both bat and ball suffered when he became captain and even Dhoni admitted that the captain was influencing the all-rounder’s play. Former Australia player Shane Watson weighed in on the entire episode and says he feels a little sorry for Jadeja.
“When I initially heard that Jadeja would be taking over, I was blown away because everyone knows that when MS is on the pitch, only the control and the respect and aura that he has around him as a leader is going to be difficult for Jadeja no matter what I was surprised, if MS didn’t play in a match, get injured or she rested him before a match I definitely thought it was a great opportunity for Jadeja to take over and here are some to play matches and there. To be sort of a captain, to take over when MS comes on the field would always be very difficult for Jadeja,” Watson said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.
“In the end I feel a little bit sorry for Jadeja as he’s a great guy, an incredibly skilled cricketer who just keeps getting better. Ultimately, seeing him put himself in that position in public makes me feel a little sorry for that.” him because he didn’t have to get to that stage but in the end it’s the right call for MS to take over it’s a really big call to step down as captain if there’s a bit of pressure on you you feel like you are publicly shamed in a way, I did that when I stepped down as captain of Rajasthan Royals. Jadeja to be able to do that shows a lot of character about himself. A big compliment to him,” he further stated.
So far this season, Jadeja has scored 116 runs in 10 matches and, with the ball in hand, has scalped just five wickets.
CSK last suffered a 13-point defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore and they will face Delhi Capitals next Sunday.
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