Defending Champions CSK has been unable to win their first three games, the worst record in their IPL history. Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri believes that the newly-appointed captain needs to involve himself a bit more in leading the team. The men in yellow lost a close encounter with Kolkatta Knight Riders and Lucknow super giants but lost comprehensively against the Punjab side.
Speaking to Cricinfo, Shastri said, It’s not easy to fill his [Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s] boots. But what you want from Jadeja is to be involved and announce himself a lot more as a captain. I just feel he is holding back. I want him to be more in the face, have more communication with his boys, and be more involved in the proceedings. If needed, stay in the circle as much as possible. Those kinds of things early on are needed because once that body language begins to show, it will have an impact on the other players as well.”
Days before the start of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings announced that Dhoni will be not leading the side this time and that Jadeja will step up to fill in the boots.
I didn’t like what I saw today – Ajay Jadeja on MS Dhoni
In the second game with the Lucknow Supergiants, Dhoni was heavily criticized for not allowing Jadeja to take the shots in the crucial stages of the game. Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja expressed his displeasure and said that the former captain should have allowed the new captain to during crucial junctions of the game against LSG.
“It is wrong, there is no doubt about that. See, there is no bigger fan of Dhoni than I am, and that’s because of his temperament. If this was the last match of the group where there was a do-or-die situation in terms of qualification, then I could’ve probably understood that you would want to take over the reins because it is an important phase. But if it happens only in the second match of the season..” Jadeja said on Cricbuzz
Rumors are buzz that this is the last IPL of Mahendra Singh Dhoni which is why he has handed over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja. Captain cool is the second-most successful captain with 4 IPL titles after Rohit Sharma who has led the side to 5 IPL titles.