There are many things that haven’t gone according to plan for the Chennai Super Kings. An unsettled starting XI, inconsistency with the bat and most of all, leadership upfront. Ravindra Jadeja was handed over the captaincy when MS Dhoni decided to step down after leading CSK to their 4th IPL title last season. However, Ravindra Jadeja failed to impress as the defending champions lost 6 of their first 8 matches. Prompting Jadeja to give up captaincy and accept that it was too much for him. While many have been disappointed by Jadeja’s performance this season, both as captain and player, Graeme Swann thinks otherwise.
Graeme Swann on Ravindra Jadeja giving up captaincy
“We all have our favourite teams to play against and the fact that he has done well against RCB in the past is pretty important. It is such a big thing for Jadeja to admit that ‘look, captaincy is out of my league. I am not comfortable with it. The male ego doesn’t allow you to say it comfortably. So, the fact that he has done that and allowed MS to get back in is better for him, CSK and it is good news all around and honestly, I love him. I think he is brilliant. What he gives to any franchise is incredible. CSK would be half the side without him,” Swann had said on Star Sports
Former team India coach, Ravi Shastri was also supporting Ravindra Jadeja’s decision to relieve himself of captaincy duties and give them back to MS Dhoni. However, even MS Dhoni could not turn the tide for CSK. Their most recent loss to RCB means that the defending champions are out of the race for play-off qualification.