While taking the field for Chennai Super Kings as skipper in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2024, the legendary MS Dhoni will become the oldest captain to lead a side in the history of the Indian Premier League since the inception of the tournament 16 years back in the year 2008.
However, the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League might also be the last appearance for MS Dhoni in his illustrious 16-year-long IPL career. His retirement from the franchise tournament will also leave a captaincy void to fill for CSK.
With said that, here we’ll have a look at 3 players who could replace MS Dhoni as captain of CSK for the next season of the Indian Premier League i.e. in 2025.
The Star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been active for CSK in the Indian Premier for the last 13 years since 2011; he was also an important part of the side when they clinched the title in 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023. After the retirement of former batting stalwart Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja has taken over the responsibility of vice-captain in the CSK to work alongside the skipper MS Dhoni.
He could be one of the first choices for the CSK management in terms of captaincy after the retirement of MS Dhoni from the cash-rich Indian franchise tournament.
The veteran Indian batter Ajinkya was picked by the five-time champions, CSK in the IPL 2023 mega auction for an amount of INR 50 lakhs. Later in the 16th edition of the tournament, Rahane proved to be one of the vital assets for the Chennai Super Kings as he impressed everyone with brilliant batting performances.
Considering the Mumba stalwart’s experience across all the formats, alongside his captaincy experience at the different levels, he might also be the best choice for the CSK think tank to hand over the responsibility of captaincy after MS Dhoni in the next season of the tournament.
The star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has left everyone awestruck with his amazing batting performances for the last couple of months, both for CSK and Team India. Apart from his brilliant batting abilities, Gaikwad also proved his mettle in the captaincy during the Asian Games 2023.
Under the captaincy of Ruturaj Gaikwad, India with a second-string side won the historic gold medal in the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China. He could also replace MS Dhoni as captain for the next season of the Indian Premier League.