Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni has been thinking about the transition in the CSK team and somewhere at the at the back of his mind he already knows who the next captain said Dwayne Bravo.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo a hard-hitting batsman and a decent-paced bowler, an asset to any T20 side in the world.
After plying his skills for the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, Bravo was taken up by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2011 IPL.
“I know it’s been in the back of his mind for some time, I mean all of us have to step aside at some point of time. It’s just the matter of when… when to step aside and hand it over to whether it’s a Raina or someone younger,” Bravo told ABP News when asked about Dhoni’s plans for his successor in CSK.
Bravo said Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket won’t change how leads CSK in the IPL, which starts from September 19 in the UAE.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, CSK won the IPL thrice and emerged as one of the most successful franchises of the league. In the last edition too, they finished runner-up after losing the final to Mumbai Indians.
Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pull out of IPL 2020 citing personal reason.After their pull out CSK to announce replacements for either Raina or Harbhajan but the former India wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta said “Raina might be back in the UAE for IPL 2020.“I have a feeling that Suresh Raina will be back playing the IPL. He might miss out on the first few games because of the quarantine rules and all but I have a feeling that Suresh will be back,” Dasgupta
CSK’s Suresh Raina has been the official vice-captain for the last few years. CSK, however are yet to name a new vice-captain for this season or a replacement for Raina in the squad.
“He doesn’t have to worry about a billion people now, it’s just CSK the franchise but I don’t think that’ll change the person he is, won’t he change how leads the team, definitely he’ll be the same person,” Bravo said
“We have a very talented squad, full of experience and also we have a management staff, that is very relaxed and balanced and also the owners… All these things come together and play a part (in making CSK a successful franchise). We don’t have any outside pressure from the owners or the management. We don’t feel under pressure with MS (Dhoni) as captain,” Bravo, who recently became the first cricketer to claim 500 T20 wickets, said.
“I think CSK have one of the most loyal fans whether we play in Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore you see a lot of yellow shirts in the stands. We enjoy each other’s success, so these are the main reasons behind the success of CSK.”
When asked about his feelings of staying in a bio-secure bubble, the all-rounder said he is lucky to have got the opportunity to play.
“Being in a bubble with no fans is sad but we still have to be thankful to at least get the opportunity to play again,” Bravo said.