Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on IPL 2021 runner-ups Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022 opener at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. However, they’ll not be led by the fan-favourite MS Dhoni. After leading the side for 12 seasons, Dhoni has stepped down as the captain of the franchise and passed on the baton to Jadeja.
Jadeja will start the new era as he’s set to become only the third cricketer to lead the Chennai-based franchise, after Dhoni and Suresh Raina – who led the franchise in Dhoni’s absence.
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Jadeja – who has been a part of the cash-rich league since the inception of the tournament – was picked up by CSK during IPL 2012. The left-handed batter and left-arm spinner from Saurashtra started his IPL career with Rajasthan Royals in 2008 where he played a crucial role in his team’s title triumph. Shane Warne-led Royals defeated MS Dhoni-led CSK in the final.
Later in IPL 2011 auction, Jadeja was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala (now defunct) but he couldn’t play in the tournament after suffering a year-long ban due to contractual irregularities.
In IPL 2012 auction, the southpaw was bought by CSK and the Saurashtra cricketer went on establishing himself as a key member of the side under Dhoni’s leadership.
During IPL 2016-2017 seasons, when CSK was banned for a period of two years, Jadeja played for IPL side Gujarat Lions. In 2018, he was once again united with CSK and from then on, he has gone from strength to strength to establish himself as a genuine all-rounder.
Ravindra Jadeja IPL career:
Total Matches: 200
Highest Score: 62*
Best Bowling Figures: 5-16
Ravindra Jadeja’s performance for CSK over the years:
19 matches; 191 runs; 12 wickets
18 Matches; 201 runs; 13 wickets
16 Matches; 146 runs; 19 wickets
17 Matches; 132 runs; 11 wickets
16 Matches; 89 runs; 11 wickets
16 Matches; 106 runs; 15 wickets
14 Matches; 232 runs; 6 wickets
16 Matches; 227 runs; 13 wickets
Stats as captain:
Ravindra Jadeja has never led a Ranji team or an IPL side in the past. The last time he captained a side was on 28 October 2007 when he led Saurashtra U19 against Mumbai U19 in the Vinoo Mankad U19 tournament at the Western Railway Ground in Rajkot.
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