Big thing for Ravindra Jadeja to admit that captaincy is out of his league: Graeme Swann
The male ego doesn't allow you to say it comfortably, reckoned Swann.
Ahead of IPL 2022, CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was given captaincy of the side while MS Dhoni decided to step down from the role. However, CSK didn’t come out in flying colours under Jadeja’s leadership and even he struggled to perform on the individual front. Later, the captaincy baton was again handed to legendary skipper Dhoni and the same decision was lauded by many big names in the cricket world.
Jadeja’s brave call was supported by Graeme Swann and former India head coach Ravi Shastri as well. Swann stated that it was very honest of the all-rounder to admit that captaincy is out of his league and he isn’t comfortable with it. The former English cricketer also added that sometimes the male ego doesn’t allow people to accept things easily but Jadeja did it and it’s commendable.
“We all have our favourite teams to play against and the fact that he has done well against RCB in the past is pretty important. It is such a big thing for Jadeja to admit that ‘look, captaincy is out of my league. I am not comfortable with it. The male ego doesn’t allow you to say it comfortably. So, the fact that he has done that and allowed MS to get back in is better for him, CSK and it is good news all around and honestly, I love him. I think he is brilliant. What he gives to any franchise is incredible. CSK would be half the side without him,” Swann had said while speaking to Star Sports during RCB vs CSK game in Pune.
Good on Ravindra Jadeja to go up and tell straight: Ravi Shastri
Shastri also echoed the sentiments of Swann and lauded the CSK all-rounder for his upfront attitude. Given that Jadeja has relinquished the captaincy of the Yellow Army, fans can expect a better cricketer in him in the coming days, asserted the former cricketer.
“Good on him to go up and tell straight up that I can’t handle it. It’s something I am not used to. He has not captained at any level whatsoever. So, it’s good. I think we will see a different cricketer. He can do what he wants, that responsibility of being captain is gone and all three departments can come out full force,” said Shastri.