Former India opener Virender Sehwag has backed Ruturaj Gaikwad to be a long-term captaincy option for Chennai Super Kings after MS Dhoni decides to step down from the job in the future. Sehwag likened Ruturaj to Dhoni, saying the young opener is calm and composed regardless of the situation and pressure.
MS Dhoni handed over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja, stepping down as captain 2 days in the lead up to IPL 2022. Jadeja was looked at as someone to take forward CSK during their transition period but the star all-rounder stepped down from the role, just 8 matches into the season, and handed over the captaincy back to Dhoni.
Jadeja was ruled out due to an injury 2 matches after he stepped down from the captaincy role as CSK were knocked out from the playoffs race. Having won only 4 out of their first 12 matches, CSK were shown the door only for the 2nd time in the history of the IPL before the knockout rounds.
With questions over MS Dhoni’s future as a captain/player in the Chennai Super Kings side, the 4-time champions might well have started the search for the legendary captain’s successor.
Sehwag highlighted that Ruturaj Gaikwad has to have a couple more consistent seasons with the bat to be eligible for taking up the captain’s role at one of the most successful IPL franchsies. Ruturaj won the Orange Cap in IPL 2021 as he helped CSK win the title in the UAE.
“Anyone can have one good season, but if he plays 3-4 more seasons, he will become a captain who can become a long-term captain after MS Dhoni. Why does the world consider MS Dhoni a good captain? Because he is cool, takes his own decision and uses his bowlers and batters well.
“He also has the luck factor. Luck favours those who are brave and MS Dhoni is a brave captain. He has all the qualities of MS Dhoni, except one. I’m not sure about the luck factor,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
CAN’T TELL FROM HIS FACE
Heaping praise on Gaikwad’s composure, Sehwag added that the experience of having led Maharashtra in domestic cricket will come in handy for the young opener.
The former India opener, who led Delhi Capitals in the past, said Ruturaj is rarely affected by success or failure in the IPL, a trait similar to Dhoni.
“He captains Maharashtra. He plays very quietly. It’s like even if he scored a century, it won’t show in his mannerisms. Even if he scores a 0, you will see the same demeanor. You can’t tell from his face if he is happy about scoring a hundred or sad about getting out for a duck. He has control, he is calm. He has all the qualities needed to be a good captain,” Sehwag added.
CSK will look to finish their turbulent season on a good note. The 4-time champions next face table-toppers Gujarat Titans on Sunday, May 15.