Opener Rituraj Gaikwad has replaced MS Dhoni as the new captain of Chennai Super Kings, IPL's official social media handle has confirmed.

Dhoni has played 250 IPL matches, amassing 5,082 runs at an average of 38.79 and making 24 half-centuries.  

Now, as CSK prepares to defend their title in the IPL 2024, starting with a match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 22 at Chepauk, all hearts will keep MS Dhoni and eyes will be on Gaikwad.

Gaikwad takes on the mantle of captaincy, aiming to lead the team to continued success in the highly competitive landscape of the IPL. 

The 42-year-old has won five IPL titles as CSK's captain, including the triumph last year after defeating Gujarat Titans in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. 

After winning the trophy, Dhoni confirmed that he would return for the IPL 2024, effectively ending doubts about his retirement. Ruturaj Gaikwad, a right-handed batsman who has been with CSK since the 2019 IPL auction, has shown remarkable form and consistency. 

His technical prowess and composed batting style have solidified his position as one of the team's key opening batters. 

In the IPL 2023 season, Gaikwad's contributions were instrumental, amassing 590 runs in 16 appearances, showcasing his potential to lead the team into the future.


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