CSK vs KKR : CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad wins praises from skipper MS Dhoni.
On Thursday, Chennai Super Kings locked horns with Kolkata Knight Riders, where MS Dhoni led side defeated KKR by 6 wickets. CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad emerged out as a bright star as he slammed a scintillating 72 off 53 deliveries. The 23 old batsman looked really happy as he won Captain MS Dhoni’s praise for his commendable performance.
Dhoni asserted, “He’s one of the most talented players going around. What make it difficult is he’s not somebody who speaks a lot! So sometimes it becomes difficult for the management to gauge a player. ”
After put to bat first Kolkata Knight Riders managed to score 172 runs from the allotted 20 overs with a loss of 5 wickets. In CSK’s 173 run chase against the Kolkata franchise, Gaikwad managed the other end strongly until the start of 18th over, however in the 18th over Ravindra Jadeja took all the control and made sure that young Ruturaj’s efforts does not go to vain. Hence, they brought the 6 wickets victory in CSK’s court.
Although, Ruturaj had already given a demo of his amazing performance in the match against RCB where he slammed 65 runs off 51 balls and was declared the man of the match as well. CSK took down RCB by 8 wickets in the 44th IPL match on Sunday.
Ruturaj said that, he emerged out as a strong person after he was infected by the corona virus during the beginning of the tournament in UAE. Unlike other players the 23 year old took almost 20 days to recover and for such long time he was in isolation away from all others. He added that, skipper MS Dhoni once told him to keep a smiling face in any and every situation, this suggestion has helped him a lot.
“Feeling good, pretty confident thankfully they’ve both come in wins. I’ve backed myself because both innings I got out when the situations were a little tough. I knew if I get the opportunity to open and get my time, I would do well. So the confidence was there. Covid has made me tough. Our captain always says to face any situation with a smile. It was difficult but I tried to do it. It made me stay in the present, ” said Ruturaj.
In his 5 matches so far Ruturaj Gaikwad has scored 142 runs, in IPL 2020.