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Dhoni Steps Down as CSK Captain After 16 Years

Dhoni Steps Down as CSK Captain After 16 Years

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, often hailed as one of the most successful captains in modern-day cricket, has made the decision to step down as the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings, passing on the leadership role to fellow teammate Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Dhoni, who has been at the helm of the franchise since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, has been an iconic figure for Chennai Super Kings. His leadership has been instrumental in the team’s success over the years, including leading them to victory in the IPL multiple times.

Last year, Dhoni underwent knee surgery and made a remarkable comeback after a rigorous rehabilitation period, guiding Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL title as captain.

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Throughout his IPL career, Dhoni has not only captained Chennai Super Kings but also led Rising Pune Supergiant when Chennai was banned from the league for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Chennai Super Kings reached the IPL final multiple times, showcasing his exceptional leadership skills and ability to inspire his team to perform at their best.

With an impressive win-loss ratio of 1.461, Dhoni’s captaincy record in the IPL stands among the best in the league’s history, with only a few captains surpassing his remarkable figure.

Despite speculation about his retirement from IPL after the victorious campaign last season, Dhoni decided to make a comeback for one more season, joining Chennai’s Preseason camp earlier this month. While he has passed on the captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dhoni will continue to be a guiding figure for the team throughout the upcoming IPL season.

As for Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has already made significant contributions to the team as a batsman, the new season presents an opportunity for him to showcase his leadership abilities as the captain of Chennai Super Kings. With his experience and talent, Gaikwad will aim to lead the team to success in the upcoming IPL campaign, and fans will be eager to see how Chennai performs under his captaincy.