CSK toast ‘very special innings’ as faith in Ruturaj Gaikwad pays off

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“Obviously one of my top innings till now because of the pressure we were in; the senior batters returned to the pavilion so I had to grind it.”

One of the things IPL teams take pride in is giving opportunities to the next big player. Ruturaj Gaikwad was that next big player last year for Chennai Super Kings. Then everything went wrong for them. Gaikwad himself came down with Covid-19, and when he came back, he got off to a poor start: scores of 0, 5 and 0 in his first three matches.

If there’s a team you want to make a bad start at, though, it is Super Kings. Their management trusts their scouting and their own judgement enough to not make hasty decisions. “When Mahi bhai [MS Dhoni] is around and everyone in CSK management, once they back you, they don’t make you think [worry about] anything,” Gaikwad said. “Just have to be positive. Always in good spirit, good mind space. Obviously helps a lot.”

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