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Chennai Super Kings’ new captain Ruturaj Gaikwad shared his first reaction after replacing MS Dhoni as the skipper. Dhoni stepped down from the captain’s chair of the five-time IPL-winning franchise on the eve of the IPL 2024 opener. Dhoni, who was at the team’s helm since its inception guided the side to five trophies since 2008. The 42-year-old will continue to play in the team and is likely to be available for the entire season. 

Gaikwad, CSK’s new captain gave his first reaction after the announcement and said that it’s a privilege and a huge responsibility. The 27-year-old said, “Feels good. It’s a privilege obviously. I feel more than that, it’s a huge responsibility but I am really excited because of the kind of group we have. Everyone’s experienced enough so not much of a thing for me to do. Plus, I have Mahi bhai in the team, Jaddu bhai as well. Ajju bhai as well, who has been a great captain to guide me, so not much to worry, just looking forward to enjoy.” 

Matheesha Pathirana ruled out of IPL 2024 start due to injury: Reports

The reigning champions are set to lock horns with Virat Kohli featuring Royal Challengers Bengaluru on March 22, Friday. The clash will take place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk. While the Yellow Army will aim to win their first match under the captaincy of Gaikwad, they might face an early blow. Their overseas bowling star Matheesha Pathirana has reportedly been ruled out of the start of the IPL in 2024 due to a grade-one hamstring injury. 

As per reports by ESPNcricinfo, Pathirana pulled the muscle on his left leg during the second T20I against Bangladesh on March 6.