Chennai Super Kings captain Ravindra Jadeja said on Sunday that he is not feeling any pressure of captaincy in the new Indian Premier League season. He claimed that he was getting mentally prepared to take up the added responsibility after MS Dhoni decided to give up the captaincy as well.
While speaking after CSK’s third straight loss in IPL 2022, Ravindra Jadeja confirmed that Dhoni had told him a “couple of months” ago about his decision to quit leadership. Notably, Dhoni had made his decision public just 2 days ahead of the start of IPL 2022.
“Yeah, I have been preparing since he told me a few months ago. I was preparing for that. Mentally, I was prepared to lead. I don’t have any pressure on me. I was just looking to back my instincts, I was thinking to go with whatever thoughts come into my mind,” Jadeja told reporters after CSK’s defeat to PBKS.
“The last match was a high-scoring game, so I needed to field at the deep mid-wicket. Chances of a lot of catches coming are more there, so we needed a good fielder there. That was our thought process and that’s why I was not able to give the bowler inputs. But we are lucky to have MS Dhoni’s experience and guidance. We had his input. We don’t have to look far for advice. He is a great player. We have his experience to rely on in the dressing room. Also as far as Ruturaj (Gaikwad’s) form concern, we are not putting too much pressure on him. We are just giving him his time. Whatever preparation he has been doing, we back him and we always talk to him and keep him in a good frame of mind,” Ravindra Jadeja concluded.