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‘We weren’t aware that Dhoni would step down but…’: Fleming


NEW DELHI: Despite appointing Ravindra Jadeja as their skipper in IPL 2022, Chennai Super Kings were reluctant to move on from MS Dhoni, admitted head coach

Stephen Fleming

after the five-time winners decided to make a leadership change with Ruturaj Gaikwad assuming charge on Thursday.
Ahead of the

IPL 2024

season-opener against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in Chennai, CSK announced that opening batter Gaikwad would assume the captaincy reins from Dhoni.

In 2022, CSK entered the IPL with Jadeja as their skipper, but the move backfired, leading to Dhoni reclaiming the captaincy role.
“We weren’t ready to move away from MS (Dhoni) in 2022. Dhoni has a good sense of the game, but we want to develop the young players for the role. We are well prepared this time,” Fleming told the media ahead of CSK’s clash against RCB.
“(The) last time MS (had) left captaincy, (it) was shocking to us and we weren’t aware that MS would step down. But this time we knew,” Fleming said.

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“We have been working hard to prepare leaders. We have been slow on life after MS Dhoni. But trusting the youngsters has paid off well for us. I have already had a word with the youngsters like Rutu (Gaekwad) about leadership and captaincy. It is a great opportunity for him to lead the team,” Fleming said.
Fleming said Dhoni had looked promising in practice matches in the lead up to the IPL and hoped he would not have any fitness-related issues during the tournament.
“MS has done well in the practice games and I hope that we will have his services for the rest of the season,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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