The Chennai fans were left stunned when the news of their beloved ‘Thala’ stepping down Chennai skipper broke out. Dhoni has been leading the team since the inaugural edition of the Indian T20 League in 2008.
Just two days before Chennai‘s opening clash against Kolkata, the franchise shocked everyone with the news of Dhoni handing over Chennai’s reins to Ravindra Jadeja.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 24, 2022
Jadeja has been a part of the Chennai team for the past ten years. Hence, Dhoni passing the baton to Jadeja seems more than justified. As the news of Dhoni stepping down as the leader went viral, Twitter was flooded with reactions. Former Indian players, Cricket experts, other Indian T20 League franchises, everybody took to Twitter to express their surprise at Dhoni’s decision. Everyone lauded Dhoni for his contribution as Chennai skipper.
Here are some of the best reactions.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 24, 2022
Absolutely thrilled for my brother. I can't think of anyone better to take over the reins of a franchise we both had grown up in. All the best @imjadeja . It's an exciting phase and I'm sure you will live up to all the expectations and love #yellow #csk #WhistlePodu
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 24, 2022
Timing has always been the key for MS. Well done on your leadership and mind blowing results over the years for CSK. Would like to see him finish on a high.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 24, 2022
#MSDhoni quits as captain never in a million years did i think it was possible! What a leader @msdhoni has been and what a legacy he leaves for @imjadeja to carry the baton of the best team in the Ipl by a mile @ChennaiIPL!
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 24, 2022
Knowing #MSDhoni𓃵 , this is so typical of him. No one quite knows what #Dhoni exactly thinks but whatever his thought process, the team is always supreme in any of his decisions. I think it's also good for #jadeja that he can learn a lot from him on the field. #CricketTwitter
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 24, 2022
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) March 24, 2022
इज़्ज़तें, शोहरतें, चाहतें, उल्फ़तें
कोई भी चीज़ दुनिया में रहती नहीं
आज मैं हूं जहां कल कोई और था…आज मैं हूं जहां कल कोई और था
ये भी एक दौर है वो भी एक दौर था #EndOfAnEra#TATAIPL #MSDhoni #crickettwitter
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) March 24, 2022
We use the expression "end of an era" very loosely sometimes. But Dhoni giving up the captaincy of @ChennaiIPL is truly the end of an era for all those loyal fans with whom he forged a relationship of the kind very few have.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2022
Congratulations on a legendary tenure as captain of CSK, @msdhoni! 🙌🏻
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 24, 2022
From 7️⃣ to 8️⃣ and from 🧊 to 🔥
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) March 24, 2022
Notably, under MS Dhoni CSK has played 12 seasons. In these 12 seasons, MS Dhoni captained Chennai in 204 matches. The team won 121 matches out of these 204 matches. Chennai played 9 finals under Dhoni’s leadership and won 4 titles. He will be remembered as one of the greatest captains in the tournament’s history. However, Dhoni is to continue playing as a player for the franchise for ‘this year and beyond.’