CSK vs RR in IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to struggle, departs cheaply again after chosen ahead of Robin Uthappa

CSK vs RR in IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to struggle, departs cheaply again after chosen ahead of Robin Uthappa; Chennai Super Kings
CSK vs RR in IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to struggle, departs cheaply again after chosen ahead of Robin Uthappa; Chennai Super Kings

CSK vs RR in IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to struggle, departs cheaply again after chosen ahead of Robin Uthappa- Chennai Super Kings opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad once again failed big time in his third consecutive innings of IPL 2021. The youngster departed for just 10 runs this time vs Rajasthan Royals.

He fell prey to Mustafizur Rahman in the 4th over after facing crucial 13 deliveries in the powerplay overs. CSK continued to rely on him despite his failures against Delhi Capitals (DC) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) in previous matches. It’s not just the failure but the manner in which he got out. He was caught out on all three occasions.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad in IPL 2021

vs RR- 10 runs off 13 balls

vs PBKS- 5 runs off 16 balls

vs DC- 5 runs off 8 balls

CSK Opening Conundrum

Why CSK chose Ruturaj Gaikwad in IPL 2021?

CSK relied on Ruturaj Gaikwad for opening in IPL 2021 after his promising batting performance in IPL 2020 (in Dubai). The right-handed batsman had scored 204 in 6 innings at an average of 51, which included three half-centuries.

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IPL 2021 – High time, CSK drafts Robin Uthappa in XI ?

CSK is likely to move towards experienced player Robin Uthappa for opening the batting. He was transferred to MS Dhoni’s squad from Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 crore ahead of IPL 2021 auction. The development came after their ace opening batsman Shane Watson announced retirement from all forms of cricket.

Robin Uthappa IPL record

Robin Uthappa is one of the legends of IPL. In his IPL career so far, he has scored 4,607 runs in 189 matches which features 24 fifties. He has won multiple trophies (2012 and 2014) for Gautam Gambhir-led KKR while opening the batting.

Robin Uthappa IPL 2020 record

Even though Uthappa has an excellent record in IPL, he failed to deliver in the last season. He could only manage 196 runs in 12 innings with a poor average of 16.33. In the forgetful season, Uthappa managed just a single fifty as RR ended up 8th on the IPL Points Table last year. It could be the main reason why Ruturaj Gaikwad was chosen ahead of Robin Uthappa to open the batting.

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