STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Ruturaj Gaikwad one of the most talented players around: CSK captain MS Dhoni

Maharashtra batsman Gaikwad scored 72 as CSK beat KKR by six wickets on Thursday.

Published: 30th October 2020 08:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2020 08:22 AM   |  A+A-

MS Dhoni and CSK team celebrate thier win over KKR. (Photo | IPL)

MS Dhoni and CSK team celebrate thier win over KKR. (Photo | IPL)

By IANS

DUBAI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for Ruturaj Gaikwad on Thursday after the 23-year-old opener scored a second consecutive half-century to lead his team to victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between the two sides at the Dubai International Stadium.

"We'd seen him in the nets, but then he turned Covid positive and it took him 20 days to get back. Unfortunate, but he'll remember this season," said Dhoni in the post-match presentation ceremony in which Gaikwad won his second Player of the Match award on the trot.

"He's one of the most talented players around. What makes it difficult is he's not somebody who speaks a lot. So sometimes it becomes difficult for the management to gauge a player. Once he started going in the innings, you could see that he was hitting the ball the way he wants.

"When we made him play the first game, he got out after stepping out. It was difficult to tell whether it was pressure that made him step out or whether that's his natural game. One ball isn't enough," Dhoni said.

Maharashtra batsman Gaikwad scored 72 as CSK beat KKR by six wickets on Thursday. In their previous match, he had scored an unbeaten 65 to lead his team to victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

While CSK have been ruled out of contention for the playoffs, Dhoni said that it is important to stay relevant in the tournament.

"We haven't performed in the tournament but we felt it's important to be relevant. That's what we kept telling the guys. We said you prepare how you want to, but three to three-and-a-half hours during the match, give your best. We are not in the position to qualify (for the playoffs), but there're plenty of takeaways," he said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp