IPL 2023: "He has got captaincy experience" - Sunil Gavaskar hints name of future captain for CSK
The former Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar suggests Ruturaj Gaikwad as the next captain for Chennai Super Kings after MS Dhoni announces his retirement from the Indian Premier League.
The four-time champions Chennai Super Kings have roped Ben Stokes in the IPL 2023 mini-auction. The latter will join hands for the first time with the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who is acknowledged as one of the best captains in the history of cricket.
During an interaction with Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar shared his thoughts about making Ruturaj Gaikwad, skipper of Chennai Super Kings. "He has captained Maharashtra as well in the domestic circuit. So he has got captaincy experience.
More importantly, I think he is a certainty in the team. You have got to be somebody who is a certainty, who is one of the first picks. I just think captaincy will make him that much more consistent," Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
It's got a thirst like Mumbai: Matthew Hayden
Following that, the former Indian cricketer also said, "We saw that when Rohit Sharma was first made captain of the Mumbai Indians. Before that, he was playing these lovely cameos.
After he was made captain of the Mumbai Indians, he was scoring big runs because he realized how important his wicket was to the opposition and so he wasn't giving it away. So I think it could be pretty similar with Ruturaj Gaikwad."
Then the former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden who was once a regular fixture in the CSK line-up has also thrown some clarity about Ruturaj Gaikwad. "What a great opportunity to learn as well with MS Dhoni, who I think is India's greatest captain this last couple of generations. He is just brilliant and you have also got a big signing for CSK of Stokes. He is also a natural winner," said Matthew Hayden.
"Chennai loves to win. It's got a thirst like Mumbai. Sunny and I always bump into each other when MI are taking on CSK but amongst the gloating moments, we have the most trophies in the cabinet. So it's a big rivalry," he added.