Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have had a season to forget in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) as only for the second time since the league's inception, they will not be in the playoffs. At the moment the defending champions are in ninth place on the table having won just four matches in the tournament after playing 12. With their hopes of making it to the knockouts officially over, the focus of the side will surely turn to prepare for the 2023 season. The four-time champions' recovered from their disastrous 2020 season by winning the title in 2021 and will hope they can recreate history in the 16th edition of the competition next year. While there is no doubt that CSK have the mentality and the DNA to do the same, it will take a lot of work for them both on the training pitch but also off-the-field to once again compete for the title. Here are some areas CSK need to work on before next season. Mend fences with Ravindra JadejaRavindra Jadeja's tryst with captaincy turned out to be a disaster as he remained in the top job for just eight games. After CSK won just two matches under Jadeja's leadership, MS Dhoni returned to lead the team with the franchise stating it is a move taken in order to help Jadeja focus on his personal. Before a rib injury ruled him out of the season, Jadeja had a poor tournament with both bat and all. The star all-rounder failed to deliver the goods and his failure with both bat and ball have been a major reason behind CSK failing to win games. A report by Indian Express stated that Jadeja was not happy with the way the captaincy change took place which has obviously put his future at the club in doubt. It should not surprise anyone that a player of Jadeja's calibre felt that he deserved a longer shot at the job especially after being asked to take up captaincy just two days before the season began and not having any role to play in the building the squad he was asked to lead. Having a fit and firing Jadeja will be the key for the four-time champions next season. All said and done, there is no better all-rounder in India and very few like him in world cricket. It is crucial for CSK to ensure they cool any possible tensions with the 33-year-old and have him in the right mental space next season. Who will be the captain? The big question that arises is who will captain CSK next season. Dhoni's decision to handover Jadeja the leadership duties ahead of the 2022 season was a clear attempt at beginning a transition. However, the process was not a smooth one and the franchise is back to square one.While there is no better tactical mind in the league than Dhoni, the truth is CSK will have to eventually move on from him. The 2011 World Cup-winning skipper is aged 40 and every year, there is going to be only more speculation about his future. While he has done significantly better with the bat in 2022 than in the last two campaigns, there is no guarantee for how long he can continue playing at this level especially since he does not play any international cricket anymore and stays away from domestic matches too. While Dhoni's impressive batting suggests they can squeeze another year out of him as a player, CSK will need to make a captaincy change in 2023. It will be surprising to see Jadeja lead the team after how the saga ended but there are not many options. The best bet will be taking a gamble on Ruturaj Gaikwad but he is still someone lacking experience. If there is a mini-auction next year, CSK need to look for a player capable of leading the team. Else, they need to be heavily involved in the trading window and get someone who can fill Dhoni's shoes from one of the other 9 teams. The legendary wicket-keeper batter's departure as a player one day is inevitable and the franchise needs to plan for the post-Dhoni era. Middle-order overhaul As much as the captaincy drama has not been ideal, it is the quality of players that have let them down. CSK's middle-order is a big concern with too much dependence on veteran batters Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu. Similarly, Shivam Dube is someone that is yet to prove himself to be consistent enough with the bat for the franchise to rely on as a run bank. All three of them have played the odd good knock but the consistency is missing. While Uthappa and Rayudu do not have age on their side, Dube has not shown himself to be the player who can consistently win them games like Suresh Raina. While CSK decision to not retain Raina was justified, they need to find someone who can have the same impart as he did for them for so many years and support the brilliant opening partnership of Devon Conway and Gaikwad. Hope for luck with injuriesUltimately, it is CSK's bowling that has cost them the tournament. While there will be calls to improve their bowling attack in the off-season, if they could have their injured players back will make a big difference. There was a reason the league's second most successful side invested Rs. 14 crore in Deepak Chahar and one can only wonder how their season would have been with him being fit. Moreover, they lost express pacer Adam Milne to a hamstring issue after just one game. Those two returning and other key players staying fit could be enough to see them return as a much-improved side in 2023, especially with the experience the likes of Mukesh Choudhary and Simranjeet Singh have got in Chahar's absence. Final call After the 2018 auction, many people had called CSK 'Daddy's army' because of the vast volume of 30+ players in their side. However, at that time those players were still playing at a very level and were extremely useful assets in the shortest format. However, four years later things had changed but CSK still showed a lot of faith in their title-winning team from 2021. Instead of bringing a major overhaul, they decided to retain or buy back their core from the last four years. It's a decision that has not worked out in 2022 and something that will see them finish the 15th edition with more questions than answers for the future.