With Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the verge of retirement, Chennai Super Kings need to search for a new captain for its squad, who can take on the roles and responsibilities from MS Dhoni, in the same way as MSD. Under the captaincy of Dhoni, CSK has qualified for the playoffs in every season except 2020. No other team has shown such phenomenal consistency. Thus it becomes even more crucial to have the next captain who can continue on the path of victory for CSK.
Provided below are the best three options available with Chennai Super Kings to handover the responsibility of captaincy following MS Dhoni.
1. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has been the part of CSK squad since the first season of IPL i.e. 2008. He has been one of the most consistent batsman in IPL history. Till 2019, Raina was the only batsman who had not miss a single match of the league. He was also the top scorer of IPL till 2020, after which Virat Kohli took his place due to the non availability of Raina in 2020 season. Raina has experienced CSK all way round as Dhoni. In 2016, when he captained Gujarat Lions, the team went on to the playoffs and had performed well playing with most of the squad members of CSK like Jadeja and Bravo. Being with MS Dhoni the maximum in both international matches as well as IPLs, Raina has definitely learned many tips and tricks of captaincy. These merits of Suresh Raina surely makes him the best alternative available with the CSK management to be appointed as the skipper after MS Dhoni.
2. Francois du Plessis
Ever since du Plessis played the biggest league of the world in 2011, he has been the part of Chennai Super Kings. Entering late into international cricket at the age of 27, du Plessis has showcased his calm and composed behavior everywhere he has played and captained. Faf has been the most consistent opener for the CSK squad. Since his inception in the IPL, he has successfully managed to score a total of 300+ scores in every season, making him non-excludable from the CSKian team. Even when the team was struggling in the 2020 season, Faf managed to score a praise worthy 449 runs. Moreover, Faf du Plessis has a great experience of captaining his national team South Africa for a good period of time. After Graeme Smith, Faf has proved to be the most dominant captains South Africa have had. Faf's contribution from fielding efforts on the field cannot be ignored at all. He has made CSK win n number of times by taking great catches at crucial times due to his great level of fitness. Thus, after the Indian captain Suresh Raina, Faf can provide a good option to the management of CSK for captaincy.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja was bought by CSK in 2009, and since then Jadeja continues to prove himself a winning factor for the CSK squad. Contributing in all three aspects of the game, be it Batting, Bowling or Fielding, Jadeja has not left a chance to impress his team as well as the audience. Same as Raina, Jadeja has also spent most of the time in his career with the great captain MS Dhoni, because of which he has developed some captaincy skills too. In the last two years, Jadeja has managed to improve his batting and has helped win many matches for CSK in 2020 and 2021. The unbelievable runouts and fielding efforts are the best things for which Jadeja is known. Thus, having a tonne of experience, serious fitness and having played at almost all situations of the game, Jadeja will offer CSK a great choice of captaincy in the following years.