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‘End of an era’: Internet reacts after Ruturaj Gaikwad replaces MS Dhoni as CSK captain ahead of IPL 2024 | Cricket News

MS Dhoni will not lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the franchise announced a new captain on the eve of the start of the new Indian Premier League (IPL) season. CSK announced on Thursday that the opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad will lead the five-time champions in IPL 2024, ushering in a new era for the franchise. “Introducing @ChennaiIPL Captain – @Ruutu1331,” IPL on X posted soon after posting a photo of all the captains posing with the IPL trophy. However, fans on social media called the announcement “the end of an era.”

Here’s how the internet reacted:

“MS Dhoni handed over the Chennai Super Kings captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Ruturaj has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings since 2019 and has played 52 matches in the IPL during this period.”, informed CSK on Thursday in an official statement.

He led CSK in 212 IPL matches, winning 128 matches and losing 82. Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020, after leading the team to glory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, the ODI World Cup 2011 and Champions Cup 2013. Trophy.

Last year, Dhoni led the Chennai franchise to a record fifth IPL title against the Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad. The 42-year-old, who remains one of the most admired faces in Indian cricket, enjoying a fandom that rivals that of some current stars, has captained Chennai since the inaugural IPL season in 2008, except two years when the franchise was suspended from the tournament for fixing. charges.

He handed the captaincy role to a star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja at the start of the 2022 season, but returned to lead the franchise after just eight games into the season.

Ruturaj was part of CSK’s victorious IPL 2023 campaign. One of the heroes of the campaign that year, the Maharashtra batter formed important partnerships with his compatriot opener. Devon Conway for the Chennai franchise.

In 16 matches during the 2023 season, Gaikwad has scored 590 runs at an average of 42.14. He also scored four half-centuries in the tournament, with a top score of 92.

In his IPL career since he made his debut for CSK in 2019 and found yellow love from fans, he has scored 1,797 runs at an average of 39.07 and strike rate of 135.52. He scored one century and 14 fifties, with a top score of 101*.

(With ANI entries)

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