IPL 2024: How Ruturaj Gaikwad has eased into the role of MS Dhoni's successor

April 02,2024

VISAKHAPATNAM: Though these are early days, Ruturaj Gaikwad seems to be settling in nicely as the new CSK captain. In the presence of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, the youngster has been impressive.

Gaikwad has also taken some inspiring decisions on the field which have worked, like sending debutant Sameer Rizvi ahead of Jadeja in the 19th over against the Titans.

Importantly, Dhoni seems to have immense faith in his capabilities. In an event with the official broadcaster, Rachin Ravindra was asked if he looked at Dhoni after dropping a catch. Even before Ravindra could respond, Dhoni intervened to say, “CSK have a new captain now.”

Coach Stephen Fleming lauded the new captain, saying, “Transition into the job of captaincy is not easy. But Ruturaj has done it seamlessly. MS by his side along with Jadeja in the ranks means Rituraj is doing well. His demeanour off the field is excellent. We are really positive about his captaincy.”

CSK’s bowling consultant Eric Simons gave an insight into Ruturaj’s captaincy.

“Ruturaj is very calm and he is a great student of the game. Ever since he joined us, he kept asking questions. As a captain, you need to understand the game. You need to know when to make changes and why you make those changes.”