Jadeja as CSK captain
On March 24, legendary skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed over his CSK captaincy to Jadeja, only a few days ahead of the IPL 2022. Unfortunately, Jadeja performed poorly as a captain, resulting in CSK struggling under his leadership. They only won two games and faced six defeats.
In 2022, CSK managed to win just four more matches out of 14. They finished ninth in the league, with Jadeja missing the last four games of the season. Jadeja eventually stepped down as the skipper, and Dhoni returned to captain the team.
“Ravindra Jadeja has decided to relinquish captaincy to focus and concentrate more on his game and has requested MS Dhoni to lead CSK. MS Dhoni has accepted to lead CSK in the larger interest and to allow Jadeja to focus on his game," CSK said.
Jadeja played his last game for CSK on May 4. He returned to cricket nearly two months later in the rescheduled fifth and final Test match of the series against England. After scoring a century in that match, the all-rounder has been a part of the Indian side in all formats of the game.
The 2009-2010 season was considered to be a terrible season for Jadeja, whose only relief was support from Dhoni. Jadeja made his India debut in an ODI game against England in the 2012-2013 season. Playing red ball apparently suited him, and he played progressively better when Australia toured India. He and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a historic whitewash over the Australians.
Jadeja’s best performance was in the Champions Trophy in 2013, where he helped India win and claimed the Golden Ball for his bowling. As a result, Jadeja became one of the notable players to look out for in Test cricket, especially when playing at home.
He returned to the ODI setup for the 2018 Asia Cup and has been playing for all games since except for a few. At one point, the late former Australia captain Shane Warne said that Jadeja had the potential to be a successful player.
Before joining CSK, he was offered the opportunity to play for Rajasthan Royals.