Dhoni to Gaikwad: CSK's Captaincy Transition

Ma. 25, 2024

As the IPL 2024 season kicks off, there's a bittersweet feeling among Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans. For over a decade, MS Dhoni has been the heartbeat of the team, leading with his signature calmness and cricketing brilliance. Now, as he steps down from the captaincy, it's time to reflect on his remarkable journey and welcome the dawn of a new era.

MS Dhoni's Leadership Journey with CSK

MS Dhoni's tenure as CSK captain reads like a fairytale of cricketing triumphs. From the thrilling victories to the heart-stopping finishes, he's been the driving force behind CSK's five IPL titles. His leadership wasn't just about winning matches; it was about instilling a winning mindset and fostering a culture of excellence within the team.

A Captaincy Masterclass

Under Dhoni's captaincy, CSK emerged as the most successful team in IPL history, with an impressive record of 133 wins and numerous playoff qualifications. His ability to read the game, make astute decisions under pressure, and inspire his teammates set him apart as one of the greatest captains the cricketing world has ever seen.

Passing the Torch: Ruturaj Gaikwad Takes Over

Embracing Change With MS Dhoni passing on the captaincy baton, all eyes are on Ruturaj Gaikwad, the young prodigy who's been making waves in the cricketing world. Gaikwad's appointment signifies a new chapter for CSK, filled with hope, potential, and the promise of continued success. As he steps into Dhoni's shoes, Gaikwad carries the weight of expectations but also the opportunity to carve out his own legacy.

Gaikwad's Remarkable Achievements: Paving the Way to Captaincy

Dominance in Domestic Cricket

  • Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Gaikwad captained Maharashtra in the 2021 Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring 259 runs in five matches at an average of 51.80, with three fifties and a strike rate of 150.71.
  • Vijay Hazare Trophy: In the 2021–22 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gaikwad equaled Virat Kohli's record by scoring four centuries, accumulating over 600 runs for Maharashtra.

International Recognition

  • India's Vice-Captaincy: Gaikwad was named India's vice-captain for the series against Ireland in July 2023, emerging as the leading run-scorer in the series.
  • ODI Debut Success: In September 2023, Gaikwad scored 71 runs in his maiden ODI half-century against Australia.
  • T20I Captaincy: Gaikwad led India to a gold medal victory in the 2022 Asian Games, becoming the first Indian captain to achieve this in Men's Cricket at the Asian Games.
  • Record-breaking Century: Gaikwad scored his maiden T20I century against Australia in November 2023, becoming the first Indian to do so against Australia in T20Is.

IPL Triumphs and Recognition

  • IPL Century: Gaikwad scored his first IPL century in 2021, contributing significantly to CSK's title-winning campaign.
  • Orange Cap Holder: He won the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs (635) in the 2021 IPL season and was awarded the Emerging Player of the Year.
  • Retained by CSK: Gaikwad was retained by CSK for the 2022 season after his impressive performances.

Captains of CSK:

Years Captain
2008-2023 MS Dhoni
6 Matches Between 2010-2019 SK Raina
2022 RA Jadeja
2024 Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad's elevation to the captaincy role of CSK marks a significant transition following the stepping down of MS Dhoni. With a proven track record in domestic and international cricket, Gaikwad brings a blend of leadership, skill, and determination to lead CSK into a new era of success. As the fourth captain of CSK after Dhoni, Gaikwad is poised to continue the legacy of excellence and uphold the Yellow Army's storied tradition in the IPL.

CSK's First Match: Gaikwad's Debut as Captain

In their IPL 2024 season opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Ruturaj Gaikwad's leadership was put to the test. Defending champions CSK started their campaign on a high note, comfortably defeating RCB by six wickets and eight balls to spare at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Gaikwad's captaincy debut showcased his ability to command the team with total control, steering them towards a convincing victory.

Gaikwad's Post-Match Reflections

Reflecting on his captaincy debut, Gaikwad remarked, "I've always enjoyed it (captaincy), never felt it as an additional pressure. I had experience on how to handle it, never felt any pressure, obviously had Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai as well. I think everyone in our squad are natural stroke players, I think even Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) is playing really positively. Everyone knows their roles and which bowlers to take on. Role clarity really helps. Two-three things to work on, everyone batted well but I think if someone from the top 3 batted till the 15th over it would've been even easier."

A New Dawn

As CSK embarks on this new journey under Gaikwad's leadership, the victory in their first match serves as a testament to the promising future that lies ahead. With Gaikwad's total control and the legacy of Dhoni guiding them, CSK looks poised to continue their tradition of excellence in the IPL.


As we bid farewell to MS Dhoni's captaincy, we do so with a sense of gratitude and pride for all he's achieved. The memories of his leadership will forever be etched in the annals of cricketing history, serving as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come. As CSK embarks on this new journey under Ruturaj Gaikwad's stewardship, let's celebrate the end of an era while embracing the promise of a bright future. After all, the spirit of Captain Cool will always remain alive in the hearts of CSK fans, guiding the team towards greater heights, on and off the field. Get all the IPL 2024 data you need with Roanuz Cricket APIs! From live scores to player insights, we've got you covered. Access Match, Tournament, and more APIs to level up your cricket experience. Start now and make your app stand out!