“Can you please inform us who the captain is? You stand on the deep and the sector will get modified,” a journalist did not mince phrases and had Ravindra Jadeja on the mistaken foot for a second.
Chennai Super Kings, beneath Jadeja, had simply misplaced their third IPL match in a row – a brand new low within the historical past of the franchise – and it wasn’t unjustified to ask why issues have been going mistaken to date for the defending champions. While Jadeja needed to face the uncomfortable questions off the sector, it was fairly clear that he wasn’t the precise chief of the group on it.
Other than getting into for the toss, Jadeja, on the sector, hasn’t had a lot function because the skipper and the journalist was proper in declaring that each area, or bowling change was being dealt with by Dhoni. The TV cameras closed in too as coach Stephen Fleming, throughout one of many breaks, was doing all of the dialogue with Dhoni as Jadeja appeared like a bystander.
“I really feel that Dhoni remains to be captain of the group. When I take a look at Jadeja, he’s fielding outdoors the ring. By doing that you just will not be capable to management too many issues and he has given headache to Dhoni to take care of the sector setting. He is shedding a few of his personal weight and placing it on Dhoni’s shoulders,” Harbhajan Singh, former CSK and Mumbai Indians offie, defined the scenario in a post-match TV present.
It is just not probably the most charitable comment for Jadeja, who in all probability sees the CSK captaincy as a steppingstone for staking declare as India’s white ball skipper after Rohit Sharma. Jadeja is comfortably India’s No. 1 allrounder in white-ball cricket and the truth that his contemporaries like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal are main different groups within the IPL will need to have added to his urge for food to steer a franchise. It was a on condition that Jadeja would lead CSK someday, however Dhoni determined to make the transition course of seamless by handing over the management when he was nonetheless round on the sector.
It’s true that this components had labored fantastically when Kohli grew to become an all-format skipper of India and Dhoni helped him out in white-ball captaincy. But one should not overlook that Kohli and Jadeja aren’t the identical, simply as there’s a distinction between CSK and Team India.
Kohli, regardless of the religion that he had proven in Dhoni, was nonetheless his personal man on the sector, however Jadeja nonetheless now hasn’t proven that he’s in cost. The incontrovertible fact that Dhoni is greater than only a participant for CSK – he’s the center and soul of the franchise – makes it much more troublesome for Jadeja to impose himself on the sector.
The CSK administration, although, insists that Jadeja was being groomed for captaincy and he was made part of decision-making course of. And the Saurashtra southpaw, too, says that he’s snug getting these “inputs” from Dhoni whereas main.
The rocky begin to the CSK marketing campaign hasn’t solely been concerning the captaincy transition. CSK’s well-documented technique of banking on outdated palms hasn’t given the returns to this point. It is wanting much more evident as a result of among the different Indian newcomers like Ayush Badoni (Lucknow), Lalit Yadav (Delhi Capitals) and Vaibhav Arora (Punjab Kings) are making a big affect.
There has been one constructive, although, and that’s the batting type of Dhoni.