CSK’s New Era: Dhoni Fit and Ready, Ruturaj Gaikwad Takes the Helm


New Delhi: As the Indian Premier League’s 2024 season approaches, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are embarking on a new chapter with Ruturaj Gaikwad assuming the captaincy role, while the team’s veteran leader MS Dhoni is poised to deliver an impactful performance throughout the season.

Stephen Fleming, the head coach of CSK, has expressed confidence in Dhoni’s fitness, stating it has improved compared to the previous season. The former New Zealand captain believes Dhoni is primed to make significant contributions in the 17th edition of the IPL. Despite the captaincy transition to Ravindra Jadeja in 2022, Fleming acknowledges that the team was unprepared for a change in leadership from Dhoni at the time.

However, the scenario has evolved, and CSK is now ready to embrace a new captain. “We were not ready to step down from the captaincy of MS in 2022. Dhoni has a great understanding of cricket, but we wanted to prepare young players for this role. We are prepared this time,” said Fleming. The decision to pass the baton to Gaikwad comes after careful consideration and a strategic move to integrate youth into leadership roles.

Fleming has been actively involved in mentoring Gaikwad for the captaincy, emphasizing the importance of youth and fresh perspectives in the team’s evolution. “Trusting the youth has paid off. I have talked to Ruturaj about captaincy. This is a great opportunity for him,” Fleming remarked.


As Dhoni gears up for the upcoming season, his fitness remains a focal point. He has demonstrated robust form in practice matches, dispelling any concerns about his physical readiness. With Dhoni turning 43 in July, there is speculation that IPL 2024 could mark his final season. Following a knee surgery post the 2023 league, Dhoni has dedicated himself to a rigorous fitness regimen to ensure he is at his peak for what may be his swansong season.

The anticipation for CSK’s performance is high as they prepare to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match of IPL 2024. With Gaikwad at the helm and a fit Dhoni ready to make waves, CSK fans have much to look forward to in this season of transition and promise.