Chennai Super Kings (CSK) did not witness an expected start to their post-MS Dhoni era as familiar mistakes returned for the defending champions who quickly lost 5 wickets within 10 overs in the season opener of IPL 2022 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium. One of those mistakes resulted in a horrible mix-up between captain Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu and the latter paid the cost.
The incident took place in the 9th over of the match in Mumbai. Sunil Narine’s delivery was pushed off the back foot by Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu called for the run. KKR skipper, Shreyas Iyer collected the ball at mid-wicket and threw it down to the bowler who completed the dismissal.
There never was a run, but Ambati Rayudu looked too eager for the single and eventually we didn’t have the option of coming back to the non-striker’s hand. Jadeja looked utterly disappointed as Rayudu walked back shaking his head. It wasn’t the start that Jadeja would have liked or thought of in his captaincy debut.
Here is the video of the run-out of Ambati Rayudu:
With the dismissal, Rayudu equaled Suresh Raina’s in the list of most run-out dismissals for a batter in IPL. They both stand second after Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir, who have both dismissed run-out 16 times in their respective IPL career.
This was the first time Jadeja has led any senior side in his cricket career, comprising 611 games across formats and categories. The last time he led a side was back in 2007 during an U-19 game for India. KKR had won the toss in the opener against CSK and opted to bowl first at Wankhede where chasing teams have won 15 of the last 26 games played in IPL since 2018.