CSK vs MI in IPL 2021- Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes 88*: A scintillating batting performance from in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad has prevented CSK from blushes in the opening fixture against Mumbai Indians. He went on to score a fifty while the rest of the top 5 batsmen fell like a pack of cards. The youngster showed his patience by keeping the runs flowing from the other end. Gaikwad scored fifty off 41 balls and ended up with 88 runs off just 58 balls that featured nine fours and 4 sixes. He also shared a crucial 81 runs partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for sixth wickets. Follow IPL 2021 live updates on insidesport.co and live streaming on Star Sports, Hotstar.
CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: Brilliant Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes unbeaten 88 runs, saves CSK from blushes
At one point, CSK were struggling at 24/4 after the first six overs.
“Obviously one of my top innings till now. With the pressure of early wickets and with the seniors in the dressing room, I just had to grind and get the team to 130, 140 and then 150 was possible,” Gaikwad who was adjudged man of the match in the post-match presentation said.
“When Mahi bhai [brother] is around and with the CSK management, once they back you, you don’t have to think much. The SL tour and the preparation coming here did help too. Initially the ball was seaming and swinging so I had to take my chance against the spinners. Jaddu just came in and I had to take my chance and it came off well. Quinton was taking charge, and my drop at that stage could have been crucial, but luckily Deepak got him out soon after,” he added.
Stephen Fleming on Ruturaj Gaikwad:
“It was very special. We have regard and respect for his ability. The way he finished off the IPL in Dubai last year set him for the first part in India. And, today’s innings was so special. When you are one who scores and give your team a chance it’s more special. So the way he went about his work. He had absorbed bed all the pressure and then the ability to accelerate as the innings went on. It was a remarkable innings,” he said in the post-match interview.
Highest individual score for CSK v MI
88* Ruturaj Gaikwad Dubai 2021
86* Michael Hussey Delhi 2013
83* Suresh Raina Mumbai BS 2010
Ruturaj Gaikwad in IPL 2021 Phase 1
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in sensational form in IPL 2021. He had amassed 196 runs including a couple of half-centuries to solve opening woes for CSK. His batting had contributed to CSK’s dominant show in the IPL 2021 Points Table. The MS Dhoni-led franchise had won 5 out of the first seven matches.
Now, his stellar show against MI has taken him to the top five spot in the Orange Cap table.
Faf du Plessis
CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: The 24-year-old showed immense grit and perseverance as the wickets kept falling for CSK at regular intervals against MI. Opening batsman Faf du Plessis departed for a duck after recovering from injury while Suresh Raina (4) and captain MS Dhoni (3) departed cheaply. Once he was set, Gaikwad did not waste his time on the crease as CSK bounced back to score a decent total on the scorecard.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad delivered big time for CSK in a crunch situation against MI.
- He shared a crucial partnership with R Jadeja to rescue CSK from 24/4 after 6 overs.
- The youngster was at ease while facing world-class bowlers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
- He has been in phenomenal form in IPL 2021 after early failures. CSK coach Stephen Fleming had backed the youngster after he failed during the initial matches.
- He utilised the opportunity and solved the opening woes for CSK after Shane Watson’s departure in IPL 2021.
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||not out||88||58||102||9||4||151.72|
|Faf du Plessis||c Milne b Boult||0||3||5||0||0||0.00|
|Moeen Ali||c Tiwary b Milne||0||3||5||0||0||0.00|
|Ambati Rayudu||retired hurt||0||3||2||0||0||0.00|
|Suresh Raina||c Chahar b Boult||4||6||6||1||0||66.66|
|MS Dhoni (c)†||c Boult b Milne||3||5||18||0||0||60.00|
|Ravindra Jadeja||c Pollard b Bumrah||26||33||48||1||0||78.78|
|Dwayne Bravo||c Pandya b Bumrah||23||8||15||0||3||287.50|
|Shardul Thakur||not out||1||1||4||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 8)||11|
|TOTAL||(20 Ov, RR: 7.80)||156/6|
Yet to bat: Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Faf du Plessis, 0.5 ov), 2-2 (Moeen Ali, 1.3 ov), 2-3* (Ambati Rayudu, retired hurt), 3-7 (Suresh Raina, 2.6 ov), 4-24 (MS Dhoni, 5.6 ov), 5-105 (Ravindra Jadeja, 16.4 ov), 6-144 (Dwayne Bravo, 19.2 ov)
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