Moeen Ali hints at Ben Stokes succeeding MS Dhoni as CSK captain

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Moeen Ali, the all-rounder for both England and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has shared his opinion that Ben Stokes, a fellow Englishman, could potentially replace MS Dhoni as the franchise’s captain.

Moeen made the statement before the crucial match against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians on April 8 at the Wankhede Stadium. The Super Kings, led by Dhoni, purchased Ben Stokes for a massive INR 16.25 crore during the December 2022 mini-auction. Moeen expressed his view that Stokes and flamboyant opener Ruturaj Gaikwad could both be on the list of potential replacements for Dhoni.

“He’s really enjoying himself. I think there’s a chance [that Stokes succeeds Dhoni]; of course, there’s a chance, because he’s obviously done really well in Test cricket. But MS is still obviously in charge and he’s going to be captain for a while. We have some other guys as well: Ruturaj is a fantastic player with a good head on his shoulders. So basically it depends on what the franchise wants,”

Moeen said.

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As the ongoing IPL season continues, there is speculation that this may be MS Dhoni’s final time leading the Chennai Super Kings at the age of 41. However, there has been no official confirmation from the skipper himself. In 2022, Ravindra Jadeja took over the captaincy, but was replaced by Dhoni due to poor performances.

The Super Kings are preparing for a significant match against Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians in a double-header at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Chennai has had a mixed start to their campaign, winning one and losing one. While Mumbai had a disappointing start against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first outing.

In terms of head-to-head records, Mumbai currently holds the upper hand against Chennai with 20 wins compared to Chennai’s 14. Rohit and his team will be hoping to bounce back from their recent defeat and secure their first points in the top-tier league.

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