Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has revealed that MS Dhoni had told him about passing on the captaincy baton to the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja after the title win last year only. Fleming, however, said that it was Dhoni only. However, after twelve seasons, four title wins in his name, Dhoni left the captaincy on Thursday and decided to hand over the captaincy of CSK to Ravindra Jadeja as well.
“We have talked about it. It is something MS talked about with me during last season. The timing was though his call,” Fleming said at the virtual post-match press conference after CSK lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the campaign opener of IPL 2022. “So, we have 100 per cent spoken about that. It has been a bit of transition here, it has been a little bit of change but went through nicely.”
Fleming has also said that the team was nervous and just couldn’t assess the conditions in Mumbai well.
“What you found today was a team that started the tournament a little bit nervous. We didn’t assess the conditions well, it can be a bit difficult here and we were just behind the eight-ball really. But that happened last year as well and we got a good catalyst for us to move ahead. The conditions were quite tough, it was very wet in the second half. Assessing conditions in the first part of the tournament is going to be a key aspect,” Fleming added.
CSK will now play against first-timers Lucknow Super Giants at Brabourne Stadium on March 31 (Thursday) as well.