IPL 2022: MS Dhoni hands over CSK captaincy toCSK said that Dhoni would continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond. Ravindra Jadeja

MS Dhoni, who has been the CSK captain since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, handed over the team’s captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday.

“MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team.

Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK.

Dhoni, who led the team to victory four times, could be playing his last IPL this season. Dhoni, 40, has already retired from international cricket.

The defending champions CSK will open their campaign against last edition’s runner-up side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

The last time Jadeja captained a cricket side was on October 28, 2007,  when he led Saurashtra Under-19 against Mumbai Under-19 in the Vinoo Mankad tournament at the Western Railway Ground in Rajkot.

Meanwhile, Jadeja reclaimed the top spot from West Indies’ Jason Holder in the latest ICC Test rankings for all-rounders released on Wednesday.

CSK won their fourth title last season in 2021, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final. Over the years, CSK and MS Dhoni have become synonymous with each other and Dhoni

The announcement took CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan by surprise but he said "if Dhoni takes a decision, it has to be in the best interest of the team".