MS Dhoni has been synonymous with Chennai Super Kings for a long time but soon the franchise will have to part ways with him. The CSK captain has been dropping subtle hints regarding his retirement and the team will soon have to look for a replacement. Last year, CSK gave Ravindra Jadeja the opportunity to lead but after the team’s as well as Jadeja’s poor performances, they went back to MS Dhoni mid-season.

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There have been several speculations on who should be the new captain for CSK after MS Dhoni. Answering the same question, former legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram named Ajinkya Rahane. The veteran batter joined the CSK side this year and has been in magical touch since then. Moreover, in addition to being an experienced batter, Ajinkya Rahane also has enough captaincy experience in the IPL.

Wasim Akram says Ajinkya Rahane can replace MS Dhoni as CSK captain

Wasim Akram Names the Next Captain for CSK After MS Dhoni

Therefore, backing Rahane to replace MS Dhoni, Wasim Akram said, “CSK had tried Ravindra Jadeja as captain in IPL 2022 and saw that his own performances were getting affected. They had to change the captain. I think they won’t get a better option than Rahane as he can become consistent and is a local player. We have seen that local players are more successful in franchise cricket. As for foreign players, they don’t even remember players’ names, so how can they lead? So, I think Rahane is an excellent choice to lead Chennai if Dhoni says he’s had enough.”

MS Dhoni has been captaining the side ever since its inception in 2008 barring the two years of ban. Therefore, it will not be easy for any player to replace him. Wasim Akram further added that Stephen Fleming and his team might have made their decision already. Fleming has been with the team for a long time and the players might trust his decision, concluded Wasim Akram.

Apart from Ajinkya Rahane, another player that may replace MS Dhoni could be Ben Stokes. The England test skipper was signed by CSK during the auction this year. However, Stokes hasn’t been able to play much owing to his injury concerns. If the team retains him in the coming year, he too can be an ideal captaincy candidate.

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