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    IPL 2022: Captaincy pressure was affecting Ravindra Jadeja's game, says CSK skipper MS Dhoni

    MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja
    Nitish Kumar
    May2/ 2022

    PUNE: Talismanic Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the pressure and demand of captaincy took a toll on Ravindra Jadeja and affected the all-rounder's mind, resulting in his below-par outing in Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) colours in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Jadeja was anointed as CSK skipper for the ongoing season after Dhoni decided to step aside, but the all-rounder failed to cope with the pressure and eventually gave up the job, forcing the franchise to fall back on their most trusted lieutenant. Back at the helm of affairs, Dhoni produced instant results as CSK notched up a 13-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep themselves afloat in the tournament. "I think Jadeja knew last season he'd be captaining this year. For the first two games, I oversaw his work and let him be later. After that, I insisted he'd take his own decisions and responsibility for them. "Once you become captain, it means a lot of demands come in. But it affected his mind as the tasks grew. I think captaincy burdened his prep and performances," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Dhoni said Jadeja taking over the mantle of the side was a gradual transition, which he wanted. "He knew and got enough time to prepare, what is important is you want him to lead the side and I wanted that transition to happen. At the end of the season, you don't want him to feel as the captaincy was done by someone else and I'm just going for toss. "So it was a gradual transition. Spoon-feeding doesn't really help captain. On the field you have to take those crucial decisions and you have to take responsibility for those decisions. Once you become the captain, we have to take care of lot many things and that also includes your own game," he said. D ...

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