Indian Premier League 2023 | Ravindra Jadeja retained by CSK, shares photo with Dhoni

Ravindra Jadeja with Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni. Twitter/@imjadeja

Ravindra Jadeja with Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni. Twitter/@imjadeja

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shared a photo with former India captain MS Dhoni after the franchise retained the southpaw on November 15. He was retained by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL mini-auction scheduled on December 23. The player shared an image with Dhoni and captioned it, “Everything is fine #RESTART.”

The Chennai franchise had appointed Jadeja as the captain for the 2022 edition, but the player had left the leadership role midway. Dhoni stepped in as captain for the remainder of the season. Jadeja’s decision to quit the captaincy had sparked rumours of him having a tussle with the CSK.

He had removed all posts related to the team’s 2021 and 2022 seasons from his official Instagram account, leading to speculation that all is not well between the all-rounder and the IPL franchise.

CSK parted ways with veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo after they released the West Indian ahead of the IPL mini-auction. The franchise retained the core of the group but let go of English pacer Chris Jordan who recently won the T20 World cup with England and is considered a death-overs specialist. Dwayne Bravo debuted in the inaugural season of IPL for Mumbai Indians before playing for Chennai in 2011. The all-rounder played 161 matches and picked up 158 wickets in the IPL.He also played some crucial knocks with the bat and scored 1560 runs in 113 innings.

MS Dhoni returns as captain of the side amidst speculations of the batter playing his last IPL in the 2023 season. The remaining purse for the franchise while going into the auction will be INR 20.45 crores.

Players released:

Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, Adam Milne, Hari Nishaanth, Chris Jordan, Bhagath Varma, KM Asif, Narayan Jagadeesan

Current squad:

MS Dhoni (capt), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathi

Chennai Super kings had handed the captaincy duties to Jadeja at the beginning of the IPL 2022 season but the southpaw relinquished the lead role mid-way. Captain cool returned to captain the side but the team had a lacklustre 2022 IPL season as they finished ninth on the points table.

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