Dhoni may not be CSK captain in 2021, du Plessis could take over: Bangar

Dhoni has been CSK captain in all 11 editions of the IPL it was part of league

dhoni-out-pti Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back to the pavilion after getting dismissed during the IPL 2020 match against Rajasthan Royals, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi | PTI

IPL 2020 was a forgettable edition for M.S. Dhoni and his team, Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings lost eight games and won only six and finished in 7th place among the eight teams.

The sub-par performance led to calls among fans for tough decisions, given the age of several players of the team. However, Dhoni had announced his intention to play next year's IPL.

On Friday, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar told a TV show that he believed Dhoni may not be captain of Chennai Super Kings in next year's IPL. Dhoni has been captain of Chennai Super Kings in all 11 editions of the IPL that the team was part of the league.

“So as far as I can understand, I feel that M.S. Dhoni may not be the captain next year and may play as a player and give the captaincy at this stage to Faf du Plessis for the transition to happen under Faf du Plessis... Because as of now, they do not have any other option as a captain and if you talk outside the team, in the auction or in the trading, none of the teams would be releasing a player who has the capability of become the captain of CSK," Bangar told Cricket Connected, a show on Star Sports.

Bangar argued Dhoni had made similar decisions of 'transitioning’ when he handed over the Test and limited-overs captaincy roles of the Indian team.

“As far as I know, MS Dhoni might have thought after 2011 if he should be continuing to captain the Indian team but he knew that India had quite a few tough encounters after that, we had to go and play in England and Australia and at that time there was no captaincy candidate ready, so he only handled that burden and at the right time he handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli and he also played after that,” Bangar was quoted as saying.


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