The Indian Premier League season 16 has come to an end and in a last bowl thriller, Chennai Super Kings defeated Gujarat Titans to win their 5th IPL trophy thanks to a knock from Ravindra Jadeja. CSK has won the IPL title three times, in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and now in 2023. They have also been runners-up in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019 on five occasions. The team has consistently qualified for the playoffs in most seasons, showcasing their strong and competitive performances.
The Chennai Super Kings have developed a reputation for their strong team culture and loyalty to their players. They have had a core group of players who have been with the team since its inception and some player who joined the franchise later on and became the core group of the team. MS Dhoni has led the team in some difficult situations since 2008. Still, Ravindra Jadeja is one player who has performed for the franchise in every season, witnessed a significant downfall in the last season but bounced back and helped his team to lift the 5th IPL trophy.
Ravindra Jadeja is one of the most crucial players for team India in all the formats of the game and his rise to success has been a fairy tale. However, when it comes to IPL, Ravindra Jadeja has become one of the heroes after his ferocious display in the final game of the tournament. From being a below-average performer and losing his captaincy in IPL 2022, Jadeja bounced back in style and gave a hard-hitting reply to his critics.
Ravindra Jadeja – IPL 2022 Performance
Before the beginning of IPL in 2022, it was made official that Ravindra Jadeja will be the leading man for Chennai Super Kings with MS Dhoni being part of the core team. The decision received positive reviews from the media and every CSK fan. It was the first opportunity for Ravindra Jadeja to lead a team but the franchise showed trust in him. However, as soon as IPL 2022 began, Chennai Super Kings witnessed a major setback as they were losing matches consecutively. Ravindra Jadeja’s individual performance was derailed and he was unable to handle the pressure of leading the team. Things went so bad that Ravindra Jadeja was removed from captaincy duties and MS Dhoni was given the charge of the squad again. It was a disappointing end of the season for CSK and the whole blame was put on the shoulders of Ravindra Jadeja and his below-average performance.
Ravindra Jadeja – IPL 2023 Performance
In this one year, Ravindra Jadeja focused on his international career but he also went through a major injury and was away from international cricket for a few months. However, Jadeja made an impressive comeback in international cricket as an allrounder and he has gained popularity as a lower-order batsman who can change the outcome of the game in any difficult situation. Considering his performances in international cricket, CSK management again started having high expectations from the player.
In IPL 2023, Ravindra Jadeja didn’t have the pressure of leading the team and he was completely focused on his performance as an allrounder. He gained popularity not only as an allrounder but also as one of the best fielders in the country. Jadeja’s agility helped him to take quick action on the field helped him to regain his lost confidence. In 16 fixtures, Jadela scored 190 runs at a strike rate of 142.86. He also picked up 20 wickets in IPL 2022 at an economy of 7.56. His stats are a clear example of Jadeja’s heroic innings for Chennai Super Kings and the last bowl four in the final game against Gujarat Titans display his dedication to the franchise in IPL.