Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a terrible campaign in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Yellow Army could only register 4 victories and finished the season in ninth place in the team standings.
Notably, CSK had won the 2021 edition of the cash-rich league, and the defending champions were expected to do well in 2022, but the Super Kings failed to replicate their success. Ahead of the start of the IPL 2022, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was handed over the captaincy. However, Jadeja didn’t have a fruitful time as the skipper, and he relinquished the post, giving it back to MS Dhoni.
Since Dhoni is on the brink of retirement from IPL, the Super Kings will be looking to find a suitable candidate to lead the side in future. While the search for the next captain of CSK will continue, former Australian cricketer and CSK’s batting coach Michael Hussey has picked his choice, who can take over the role from Dhoni. Hussey reckoned that the Super Kings could fancy handing over the captaincy to youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Hussey reckoned that, like MSD, Ruturaj is also very calm and handles the pressure really well. The Aussie observed that Ruturaj has some incredible leadership qualities, and people are also drawn towards him because of his nature.
“He obviously watches Dhoni very closely. And the other impressive thing about him is he picks up things that other players don’t pick up that quickly. He is a self-made cricketer, and obviously, you need help along the way, and he is quite good at picking up new things from other players,” said Hussey, as quoted by The Indian Express.
“I’m not sure what the plans for the future at CSK, but like Dhoni, he is very calm. He is actually very calm when it comes to handling pressure like Dhoni, and he is a very good reader of the game, and as I said earlier, he is very observant, and I think people are drawn to him because of his nature, character and personality, and they like being around him. He has got some excellent leadership qualities,” added Hussey.