“Dhoni ji plz take back the captaincy,” one fan pleaded on Twitter as Chennai Super Kings continued the losing streak they have been on – now extended to four matches as they continue to languish in the bottom two spots of the points table following a loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.
CSK suffered a collapse from 98/2 to 126/6 and it was only skipper Ravindra Jadeja’s 23 off 15 balls that dragged them to 154, which SRH hauled down with 8 wickets in hands and more than two overs to spare, courtesy of Abhishek Sharma’s 75-run knock.
Four matches, four losses, in a 10-team tournament where 16 points – 8 wins – are believed to be the marker for the fourth-placed team to qualify for the playoffs. Going by this, CSK would need 8 wins in their remaining 10 matches – and while the Yellow Army has made some memorable comebacks and jaw-dropping miracles in the past, this one seems out of their reach given the squad they have, and the form of some of their players.
MS had shocked everyone by stepping down as CSK’s captain just a couple of days before the IPL 2022 began, despite leading them to their fourth title last season.
Fans now want him to once again take back the captaincy from Ravindra Jadeja as not only Jadeja hasn’t delivered them a victory yet, but his own form seemed to have dipped from the standards he’d set in the past couple of seasons.
Here are some of the CSK fans asking ‘Thala’ MS to take back the captaincy duties:
Dhoni'ji plz take back the captaincy !!! pic.twitter.com/GqhgI3FHk1
— JON SNOW (@dakshmoor) April 9, 2022
Dhoni should lead the team because leadership impacts alot and gives confidence to win…..
— ❤️???????❤️? (@Merlin00003) April 9, 2022
Captain Dhoni ko banao tabhi match jeet paoge ,, Sir Jadeja ka Good Luck Acha nahi Hai Abhi ,, Plz Change the Captain "thanks" …???
— Sandeep Singh (@Sandeep86141409) April 9, 2022
The best course ahead for the CSK now:
1. Sack Jadeja from captaincy.
2. Make Dhoni the captain for the rest of this season.
3. Ask Dhoni to retire after this season so that the money thus freed could be used to buy 2 good foreign players.
— Chinese Chowkidaar (@DineshBajaj_) April 9, 2022
Someone:- Are you missing Dhoni's captaincy in IPL?
— Pintukumar (@Kumarpintu12171) April 9, 2022
— Balwant Thakur (@kakuverma1) April 9, 2022
Ravindra Jadeja was asked to fill the big boots of MSD. While he may have been bogged down by the weight of expectations, one must also not forget that this is one of the weakest, thinnest squads CSK have assembled; the injury to Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne and the disappointing form of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu has compounded things for the four-time champions. Could captain MS have made much difference to CSK’s fortunes this season?