The Indian Premier League’s 2022 season kicked off today with a match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings. Both teams were led by captains. Ravindra Jadeja captained the Chennai Super Kings for the first time, while Shreyas Iyer made his KKR leadership debut.
In Mumbai, Iyer won the toss and chose to bowl first. Fans expected Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway to have a great game. Umesh Yadav, on the other hand, struck out both batters early. Tonight, Yadav was in top form.
After scooping up two crucial wickets in the powerplay overs, Yadav was queried by the host broadcasters if it was his intention to bowl three overs in the powerplay.
“I’m quite thrilled because I got wickets in the Powerplay.” Not much – if I’m performing well and have some help from the surface, I’ll bowl the extra over. In the Powerplay, I’ve had a decent track record. In the Powerplay, I strive to give wickets to my team,” the Kolkata Knight Riders fast answered.
Ravindra Jadeja gave it his all, but it appeared that he was under captaincy strain.
Being a captain is difficult, especially in a tournament like the Indian Premier League, where the franchises want the players and captain to perform at their highest levels. On his captaincy debut, Ravindra Jadeja struggled with the bat.
On 26 runs off 28 balls, he remained undefeated. While his batting as a whole was not very entertaining, Jadeja did close the innings with a six, which reminded supporters of former captain MS Dhoni. Jadeja would like to improve, but given that it was his first match as CSK captain, even the spectators could sense his nerves.
There was also a mix-up between him and Ambati Rayudu, which resulted in a run-in. As a result, Jadeja was unable to play his natural game. Here are some of the reactions to his performance on Twitter:
Typical CSK captain innings 🤭— Lakshman (@Pushesback) March 26, 2022
I prefer to believe this is captaincy pressure for jadeja. Else no excuse for this horror show.— The Alchemist (@ponananthvs) March 26, 2022
Is it too much to ask from a player?— HK (@imh_k_) March 26, 2022
Was totally down to pressure today, making a fuss while running, hardly muddled anything.
Can't lose the MVP of the team due to captaincy!
Hope it's just the first time thing!
Would SIR Jadeja live up to the expectations! #CSKvKKR https://t.co/IpB0cqIPMC
Does Ravindra Jadeja look a bit too nervous or is it just me? It’s never easy to handle pressure as a new captain, especially when you’re replacing a legend like Dhoni. Let’s hope his nerves settle down soon! #CSKvKKR— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) March 26, 2022