IPL 2022 CSK vs KKR : In IPL 2021, Ruturaj Gaikwad played well against Kolkata Knight Riders to provide a cracking start to CSK. He also shared a fifty-plus partnership with Faf du Plessis. Chennai Super Kings opening batsman Gaikwad was unable to perform well in previous matches of the season.
Ruturaj Gaikwad performances in IPL 2021
vs Rajasthan Royals – 10 runs off 13 balls
vs Punjab Kings – 5 runs off 16 balls
vs Delhi Capitals – 5 runs off 8 balls
In the end, Ruturaj Gaikwad has finally delivered in IPL 2021 in the match between CSK vs KKR. He scored 64 runs of 42 balls. In his special knock, he hit 6 fours and 4 sixes and played with a strike rate of 152.38.
CSK management and their coach Stephen Fleming were continue to back him up after consecutive failures. Many critics were talking about dropping Ruturaj and give a spot to veteran Robin Uthappa.
“Yeah, he (Robin Uthappa) is waiting and Ruturaj has a little bit of time last year with the way he played. You know our philosophy, we give our players a good run. What they want to try and do is that the intent is there, the timing is great. We’ll continue to back him. We’ll make a decision to change at some point. We discuss it pretty hard but at the moment backing a good young player,” Coach of Chennai Super Kings, Fleming said.
Ruturaj Gaikwad impressed everyone with 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. He was picked up by Chennai Super Kings from Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 crore ahead of IPL 2021 auction. He was chosen as a replacement of Shane Watson for the opening spot after the Australian batsman announced his retirement.