Ravindra Jadeja knew last season he would lead in IPL 2022, he had enough time to prepare: MS Dhoni

Written by Sumit Seth

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni opened up on the captaincy saga after guiding his side to a 13-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad in the 46th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 in Pune on Sunday.

Dhoni said that Jadeja knew last season that he would be captaining CSK in IPL 2022. Dhoni further added that for the first two games, he oversaw Jadeja’s captaincy and, after that, he insisted that the all-rounder should take his own decisions.

“Between me and Jadeja, he knew last season itself that he will be given a chance to captain this year. He knew and got enough time to prepare, what is important is you want him to lead the side and I wanted that transition to happen.

“In the first 2 games there was information going in towards Jaddu and after that I left it to him to decide which angle to bowl and all that. At the end of the season, you don’t want him to feel as the captaincy was done by someone else and I’m just going for toss. So it was a gradual transition.

“Spoon-feeding doesn’t really help captaincy, on the field you have to take those crucial decisions and you have to take responsibility for those decisions. We do not want bowlers to be lost, with the younger bowlers, you need to be with them and tell them about the fields. It’s good to see Mukesh come up, you can’t get away with things at this level. You need to accept shortcomings too which is key,” Dhoni signed off.

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