CSK vs KKR, IPL 2021: Faf du Plessis & Ruturaj Gaikwad continue to impress – After a poor start to the season, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Flemming continued to back Ruturaj Gaikwad to open the innings with Faf du Plessis. Since then seven matches have gone and the duo has been formidable. On Sunday, against Kolkata Knight Riders, the super CSK pair put up their fifth 50+ opening stand.
So far, the pair has added 524 runs in 10 innings including a 74-run stand against KKR on Sunday. In fact, it all began against KKR in the fourth match of their campaign in IPL 2021. After three failures, Ruturaj Gaikwad came good, smashing a 42-ball 64 and then on, he left his poor form behind. That both the CSK openers are amongst the top 10 run-getters of IPL 2021 says a lot about their consistency.
CSK vs KKR, IPL 2021: Most Valuable Pair Faf du Plessis & Ruturaj Gaikwad continue to impress, score 5th half-century stand of IPL 2021
It is also the reason why Chennai Super Kings have managed to turn things around after a poor start to the season. They went on to win five consecutive matches with the opening pair smashing two century partnerships in those five games.
CSK vs KKR, IPL 2021: So far, Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad have scored two century and three half-century stands in 10 innings to become the best opening pair of IPL 2021.
“The opening partnership is always important. The new ball was coming onto the bat, we just had to play good cricketing shots. We complement each other well. We know when to attack and which bowler to go after. That’s what is working well for us. Just try and be consistent, just contribute for the team. Whatever you can, do for the team. That’s important,” Ruturaj Gaikwad said on his camaraderie with Faf Du Plessis.
Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad so far in IPL 2021:
|Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad||Prithvi Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan|
|vs DC: 7||vs CSK: 138|
|vs PBKS: 24||vs RR: 5|
|vs RR: 25||vs PBKS: 59|
|vs KKR: 115||vs MI: 11|
|vs RCB: 74||vs SRH: 81|
|vs SRH: 129||vs RCB: 23|
|vs MI: 4||vs KKR: 132|
|vs MI: 1||vs PBKS: 63|
|vs RCB: 71||vs SRH: 20|
|vs KKR: 74||vs RR: 18|
CSK vs KKR, IPL 2021: In fact, only Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have a better scoring rate than the CSK duo. The Delhi Capitals openers have scored 550 runs in 10 innings and have been instrumental in their success.