Ravindra Jadeja made netizens chuckle on Tuesday night when he sent out a cryptic tweet shortly after all ten Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises announced that players had been retained ahead of the mini-auction. The auction is scheduled for December 23 in Kochi. The all-rounder, who is currently out of action due to injury, was retained by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), ending any rumored discord between the player and the franchise.
Jadeja responded brilliantly to it too, sharing a picture of him with CSK skipper MS Dhoni and writing “Everything is fine” followed by a yellow heart emoticon and restart hashtag. The photo was taken in the previous edition, after Dhoni’s whirlwind 13-ball 28 against Mumbai Indians.
The all-rounder was one of the players retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction ahead of IPL 2022. He was also named as the franchise’s new skipper just before the start of the season. However, due to a series of losses, Jadeja relinquished the position as Dhoni, his predecessor, took over the role.
Jadeja also had a disappointing season, failing to shoot in either department before being ruled out of the tournament due to a bruised rib. Jadeja’s underperformance saw him collect 116 runs from 10 encounters, and with the bowl he could only take five wickets. The captain also influenced his fieldwork as fans witnessed rare moments of Jadeja roaring on the pitch.
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Shortly after Jadeja left the season, there were rumors of a rift between Jadeja and CSK. While multiple news reports also mentioned the jack-of-all-trades looking for a new franchise, neither Jadeja nor CSK ever commented on it.
Jadeja, who mentioned “reboot” in his tweet, is hoping for a fruitful performance this time as CSK go on the hunt for their fifth title. The franchise led by Dhoni has been one of the most successful outfits in the money-rich tournament, with the Yellow Army lifting the silverware in the 2021 edition.
A look at the CSK camp before the auction
CSK released eight players and goes with €20.45 crore as their remaining purse worth. The biggest name released was CSK longtime Dwayne Bravo.
Players retained by CSK: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, S Senapati, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius, Shivam Dube, R Hangargekar, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Pathirana Prashant Solanki
Players released by CSK: Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, Adam Milne, Hari Nishaanth, Chris Jordan, Bhagath Varma, KM Asif, Narayan Jagadeesan