Mumbai, April 20: Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has attributed the return of Chennai Super Kings starter Ruturaj Gaikwad to taking his time to sort out his batting and also “respecting (playing) conditions”.
Gaikwad was the best run-accumulator in CSK’s winning campaign last year, scoring a mind-boggling 635 runs in 16 matches. He beat his then CSK teammate Faf du Plessis by just two runs to wear the orange cap in 2021.
But this year, the 25-year-old had been struggling to get back into form with CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja, who said everyone in the team must give him “good confidence”.
Against Gujarat Titans in the previous game at MCA Stadium on April 17, Gaikwad hit a 48-ball 73 to emerge as his side’s leading scorer, and while CSK lost the thrilling three-wicket contest on the penultimate ball of the match, Gaikwad’s return to form was the topic of conversation.
“I think he took his time. If you look at his innings, he batted cautiously against (Mohd) Shami at the start. The first big shot he played was in the fourth over, he took his time, he respected the conditions. He looked more solid. And after that, when he got into the groove, we saw old Ruturaj. That’s been his pattern. Once he gets going, now you can probably see him scoring consistently. like espncricinfo says.
West Indian great Ian Bishop was also impressed with the way Ruturaj and Ambati Rayudu, who scored 46, attacked Alzarri Joseph’s short balls.
“I think there was one or two innings, he got a 17 or 18 and he seemed to have a reasonably good touch, but he didn’t kick. As he went into the innings, the positivity, like I said, because when Gary Kirsten was interviewed, he said he got to Alzarri Joseph for his extra pace and he felt the pace was going to work.
“Rayudu and Gaikwad really embraced it; I was sitting there and thinking about the confidence of playing the short ball the way they did, and then one or two shots on the ground. It was great to see Gaikwad branch out into a solid, aggressive role after getting that start.
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