3 Players who can replace MS Dhoni as CSK captain in IPL 2023: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered a disappointing outing in the recently completed edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The four-time IPL champions concluded their season with just four victories in 14 league stage games and remained at the penultimate position in the points table.
CSK had a couple of disheartening moments during the entire Tata Indian Premier League 2022. First of which was the stepping down of MS Dhoni as the leader of the side. Though it was inevitable, everyone wanted him to continue as the CSK skipper as long as he play for the franchise.
Ravindra Jadeja, who was handed over the captaincy after MS Dhoni’s quit, couldn’t perform his best with the leadership duties and later decided to give the captaincy back to seasoned skipper MS Dhoni.
Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to continue leading his IPL team in the next IPL season, his participation ahead of 2023 is a serious concern. Dhoni, 40, is most likely to draw curtains on his IPL career after the end of the IPL 2023.
Famously known as “Thala”, Dhoni wants to play in front of his home team’s crowd (Chennai) and say thank you to all his supporters who have come a long way along with him in his cricketing journey over the years.
With Ravindra Jadeja unlikely to take up the captaincy, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have to consider looking out in the market and bring a quality player who can lead CSK for at least three to four years after MS Dhoni decides to relinquish his roles.
This article will take you through 3 Players who can replace MS Dhoni as CSK skipper in IPL 2023 and beyond.
3 Players who can replace MS Dhoni as CSK captain in IPL 2023:
England all-rounder and test skipper, Ben Stokes comes up as a solid contender to become Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper in the future. Stokes, who has recently been handed England’s test captaincy, is one of the fantastic cricketers in modern-day cricket.
Stokes is an absolute match-winner when it comes to performing with bat and ball. Even on the field, the southpaw is electrifying and can change the course of the game with his brilliant athleticism.
Being England’s test captain will help him learn all the nuances of leading a side which will further help him lead any side in the world, no matter any format. He has begun his captaincy career with an emphatic victory against New Zealand in tests, a few days ago.
When it comes to his IPL stats, Ben has amassed 920 runs in 43 matches at a strike rate of 134.50 and has two tons and two half-centuries against his name. Moreover, with his bowling skills, Stokes has scalped 28 wickets in 43 outings at a decent economy of 8.56.
England’s limited over skipper Eoin Morgan is also a good captaincy choice for any team. Though Morgan didn’t have memorable outings in the last couple of IPL seasons as his bat mostly remained quiet, his captaincy has never disappointed him.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may bank on Eoin Morgan as he is a great captaincy option. Moreover, he is quite intimidating with his hitting skills. Ignoring his IPL stats, which don’t do justice to Eoin Morgan’s calibre, England’s white-ball skipper is a great asset to pick.
Morgan has muscled 1405 runs in 83 IPL outings so far. If we take a look at his T20I stats, Morgan has scored 2458 runs in 115 matches at a strike rate of 136.17.
3 Players who can replace MS Dhoni as CSK captain in IPL 2023.
Young opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad is another option for CSK for the captaincy. Gaikwad has become an integral part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) following his consistent run in the last two years.
The young right-handed batter has been leading Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy since 2021 and the side has done quite well under his leadership. With time Ruturaj Gaikwad will become better with his captaincy tactics and can turn out to be a great asset for CSK.
Though IPL throws a different set of challenges, CSK can still play gamble by handing over the leadership to Ruturaj Gaikwad once MS Dhoni decides to step down from the captaincy.