The 15th season of IPL was not good for Chennai Super Kings. This is the second time in its 13-year IPL season that four-time champions Chennai Super Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs. Ravindra Jadeja was appointed as the new captain of the team two days before the start of the ongoing season. Like other teams, Chennai also struggled to find their right combination due to the IPL 2022 mega auction.
The team’s most successful bowler Deepak Chahar was out due to injury and it took some time for the team to find his replacement. Rituraj Gaikwad, who won the Orange Cap by scoring the most runs in the tournament last year, also took a long time to regain form. Under Ravindra Jadeja’s leadership, the team won just two of the 8 matches and the all-rounder handed over the captaincy again to MS Dhoni. Dhoni said that his (Jadeja) game is being affected because of the captaincy. However, the decision to change the captaincy in the middle of the tournament did not prove to be right for Chennai. Because the team of Chennai could win only two out of 5 matches under Dhoni’s leadership and were knocked out of the tournament after losing to Mumbai Indians.
However, former Chennai off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that even if Dhoni had been the captain of the team from the beginning, CSK would not have qualified for the playoffs. Speaking to Sportskeeda, Harbhajan said, “If Dhoni had remained the captain of the team, CSK would have really benefited and been at the top of the points table, but they still haven’t qualified because they don’t have the team. They don’t have a strong bowling unit. Deepak Chahar, the wicket-taker for the team, got injured and even the batsmen didn’t play that well.
Harbhajan conceded that if CSK had been playing at their home ground, Chepauk, it would have made a huge difference and they could have qualified. He said, “That [चेन्नई में खेलना] There would have been a huge difference. Chennai would have definitely qualified for the playoffs with this team as well. Because when they play at home, they play differently. Delhi and Mumbai have also been strong in domestic conditions.