Chennai Super Kings need a long-term captain if IPL 2023 is MS Dhoni’s last season: Pragyan Ojha

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha believes Chennai Super Kings need a long-term captain if IPL 2023 is going to be MS Dhoni’s last season.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 16, 2022 09:26 IST

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CSK need a long-term captain if IPL 2023 is MS Dhoni’s last season: Pragyan Ojha (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI)

By India Today Web Desk: Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha believes that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will begin looking for MS Dhoni’s replacement if the legendary Indian cricketer decides to retire after the next IPL season.

“Till the time MS Dhoni is playing, there can’t be a different captain. It became all the more clear last year. Having said that, had you asked me a year earlier, I would have thought, maybe Kane Williamson, but whatever I know of CSK, if this is MS Dhoni’s last year, they would want to pass on the captaincy to an individual who can do the role for the next 5-6 years and brings stability to the team,” Pragyan Ojha said while speaking on JioCinema.

Ojha even praised CSK for looking for a long-term captaincy option because the franchise operates like a blue-chip team.

“CSK is one such team who does not believe in a lot of changes and hence would look for a long-term captain. CSK is like a blue-chip team and not like a day trading one,” Ojha added.

Dhoni’s CSK, 4-time IPL champions, failed to qualify for the IPL playoff stage last season. Picked as Dhoni’s ideal successor, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja chose to step down from the captaincy post following CSK’s disastrous league run the previous season. Last season, the Jadeja-led CSK lost six of their eight league matches. After Jadeja decided to relinquish captaincy in order to focus more on his individual performance, Dhoni was reinstated as the leader of the Yellow Brigade.

Notably, CSK ended their hugely successful 11-year association with legendary all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Besides Bravo, CSK have also decided to let go of England’s death-overs specialist Chris Jordan, a move that might surprise some. CSK chief executive officer Kasi Viswanathan said, “It’s a very tough call. As far as retention is concerned and releasing of players, you know that CSK has always been very passionate about the players, and they have also been contributing to the franchise. It becomes very difficult for us to decide while releasing the players.

“The contribution they have made to CSK will always be cherished and we know that if there is an opportunity for any of them to come back, they will be back in CSK colours.”

As far as CSK’s captaincy is concerned, Kasi made it clear that their talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni would lead the side.

“Everybody knows that Thalaiva (Dhoni) will lead the side and he will do his best and the team will do well,” he said.

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