The decision by Chennai Super Kings to choose Ravindra Jadeja as their captain only days before the start of IPL 2022 did not go well. CSK had lost six of their first eight matches and were on the verge of relegation when Jadeja opted to give over the leadership to MS Dhoni. In his first season as captain, the talented all-rounder, who was CSK’s first retention, appeared out of place on the pitch. His performance was also hampered by the pressures of leadership. In ten games, he scored 98 runs at a strike rate of 118 and took just 5 wickets with the ball. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri stated Jadeja’s performance as captain in IPL 2022 made him appear like a “fish out of sea.”

Shastri, who worked with Jadeja for four years as India’s head coach until the T20 World Cup last year, said Jadeja’s lack of experience managing a major team damaged his prospects.

“Jadeja isn’t built for leadership. He has never led a team at any level. So, I think it was a bit harsh on Jadeja to give him the responsibility “On ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out, Shastri stated.

“People may pass judgement on Jaddu, but it is not his fault. He has never been a captain. He seemed to be a fish out of water, completely out of place, and he would be a lot better served as a player.”

Shastri believes that allowing Jadeja to act solely as a player would have enhanced CSK’s prospects of entering the playoffs while also allowing the left-hander to play his natural game.

“When it comes to all rounders, he’s one of the greatest in the industry. So let him concentrate only on cricket. CSK lost a couple games early on because of that [decision to award him the leadership]. If they keep up their current form, they’ll be right in the mix by the end of the season “Shastri said.