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Dhoni Steps Down, Ruturaj Gaikwad Named New CSK Captain

Ruturaj Gaikwad

In a surprising turn of events, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise has announced that Ruturaj Gaikwad will lead the team as captain in the upcoming TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Gaikwad’s appointment comes as a significant shift from the legendary leadership of MS Dhoni, who has been at the helm of CSK since the inaugural season of the IPL.

A New Era for CSK

The decision to hand over the captaincy to Gaikwad marks the end of an era led by the iconic Dhoni. The former Indian skipper has an illustrious record, having secured five IPL titles for CSK, a feat matched only by Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians. Dhoni’s leadership extended beyond the IPL, with victories in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Rise

Ruturaj Gaikwad, a right-handed opening batter, has been an integral part of the CSK squad since 2019. His consistent performances and impressive stroke play caught the attention of fans and cricket pundits alike. In the 2021 season, Gaikwad donned the Orange Cap, finishing as the tournament’s leading run-scorer. His elegant batting style and ability to anchor innings make him a promising choice for captaincy.

CSK’s Statement

In an official statement on their website, CSK confirmed the leadership change: “MS Dhoni has handed over Chennai Super Kings’ captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the start of TATA IPL 2024. Ruturaj has played 52 matches in the IPL since joining CSK in 2019 and has been a consistent performer.” The franchise expressed optimism about the upcoming season under Gaikwad’s leadership.

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Stats

Gaikwad’s IPL journey has seen him accumulate 5,082 runs at an impressive average of 38.79. He has notched up 24 half-centuries and displayed remarkable consistency. His fielding skills are equally commendable, with 142 catches and 42 stumpings to his name.

CSK’s Squad

Apart from Gaikwad, CSK’s squad for IPL 2024 includes seasoned players like Moeen AliRavindra Jadeja, and Shardul Thakur. The team will kick off their campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

As the sun sets on Dhoni’s captaincy era, all eyes will be on Gaikwad as he leads CSK into a new chapter of IPL cricket. Fans eagerly await the clash of the yellow brigade against their rivals, hoping for another memorable season in the annals of IPL history.

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