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IPL 2024: Nostalgic Ruturaj Gaikwad recalls special moment with MS Dhoni after KKR win

CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad was elated after scoring an unbeaten half-century in his side’s seven-wicket win over KKR at Chepauk. Gaikwad turned nostalgic after finishing the KKR match with MS Dhoni at the other end. Gaikwad’s fifty made him the first CSK captain in the last five years to score a half-century in the IPL. […]

CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad was elated after scoring an unbeaten half-century in his side’s seven-wicket win over KKR at Chepauk. Gaikwad turned nostalgic after finishing the KKR match with MS Dhoni at the other end.

Gaikwad’s fifty made him the first CSK captain in the last five years to score a half-century in the IPL. MS Dhoni was the last CSK skipper to score a half-century in 2019. Dhoni also smashed a fifty in the 2022 edition but it came under captaincy of Ravindra Jadeja. Having suffered back-to-back losses, CSK restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to a paltry 137 for 9 after opting to bowl. Seasoned all-rounder Jadeja (3/18) led the charge for CSK, who took wickets at regular intervals and did well to stem the flow of runs at the Chepauk. Pacer Tushar Deshpande (3/33) also accounted for three batters while Mustafizur Rahman (2/22) picked two wickets. Skipper Shreyas Iyer top scored for KKR with a 32-ball 34.

CSK’s captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad, was filled with nostalgia after his match-winning performance against KKR in the IPL 2024 match at Chepauk. He reflected on how the game reminded him of the moment when he achieved his maiden fifty in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, with MS Dhoni by his side. Gaikwad’s crucial knock as CSK captain led his team to a seven-wicket victory over KKR, helping them bounce back to winning form in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

After enduring consecutive losses, CSK opted to bowl first and managed to restrict Kolkata to a meager 137 for 9. Gaikwad, leading from the front, remained unbeaten on 67 runs, guiding the chase expertly. Alongside him, Shivam Dube’s quickfire 28 off 18 balls accelerated CSK’s pursuit, securing their third victory of the season and halting KKR’s winning streak.

Earlier in the match, seasoned all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played a pivotal role, claiming three wickets for just 18 runs. His performance, coupled with CSK’s disciplined bowling, kept KKR’s scoring rate in check at the Chepauk stadium.

Gaikwad acknowledged the weight of responsibility on his shoulders, especially in the absence of the injured Ajinkya Rahane, affectionately known as Jinx. He recognized the challenging nature of the pitch but was mindful not to overwhelm the younger players with high-pressure situations.

“There’s a bit of nostalgia for me. My first 50 in the IPL was alongside Mahi bhai, and we sealed the game. With Jinx sidelined due to injury, it was up to me to see it through. The pitch was tricky, but I didn’t want to add extra pressure on the younger guys. It was a wicket where scoring 150-160 runs was achievable if you rotated the strike well and found boundaries. It wasn’t a pitch for big sixes but more about accumulating runs steadily. That’s the approach we’ve been sticking to,” Ruturaj Gaikwad expressed during the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Jaddu consistently emerges after the powerplay, providing us with momentum in the spin department, so there’s not much to elaborate on that thought. With this team, I don’t find the need to give instructions to anyone in any department. Each player has earned their place, and with Mahi bhai and Fleming still in the mix, there’s solid leadership to rely on. I wouldn’t describe it as a slow start. In T20 cricket, there are occasions when you might struggle initially. Sometimes, a bit of luck is needed to find your rhythm, and today, the conditions were perfect for me to settle in gradually. It’s a topic for experts to discuss my strike rate,” Ruturaj commented.

Back home and back to winning ways for Chennai, as they bounce back from a two-game losing streak to hand Kolkata their first defeat of the season in a convincing manner. Chasing 138 for victory, the Chennai openers got off to a flying start with Rachin Ravindra taking on Mitchell Starc, but he pushed it a bit too far and got himself dismissed. Following that, Ruturaj Gaikwad played an anchoring role, displaying some delightful strokes to find the boundary, while Daryl Mitchell on the other end maintained the momentum. Mitchell attempted to up the ante further but fell victim to a catch. Shivam Dube then entertained the crowd with a few big hits but couldn’t see the innings through. However, Gaikwad remained unbeaten with a stellar knock of 67 runs off 58 balls, steering his side to victory and extending their unbeaten streak at home.

“Jaddu consistently emerges after the powerplay, providing us with momentum in the spin department, so there’s not much to elaborate on that thought. With this team, I don’t find the need to give instructions to anyone in any department. Each player has earned their place, and with Mahi bhai and Fleming still in the mix, there’s solid leadership to rely on. I wouldn’t describe it as a slow start. In T20 cricket, there are occasions when you might struggle initially. Sometimes, a bit of luck is needed to find your rhythm, and today, the conditions were perfect for me to settle in gradually. It’s a topic for experts to discuss my strike rate,” Ruturaj commented.

Back home and back to winning ways for Chennai, as they bounce back from a two-game losing streak to hand Kolkata their first defeat of the season in a convincing manner. Chasing 138 for victory, the Chennai openers got off to a flying start with Rachin Ravindra taking on Mitchell Starc, but he pushed it a bit too far and got himself dismissed. Following that, Ruturaj Gaikwad played an anchoring role, displaying some delightful strokes to find the boundary, while Daryl Mitchell on the other end maintained the momentum. Mitchell attempted to up the ante further but fell victim to a catch. Shivam Dube then entertained the crowd with a few big hits but couldn’t see the innings through. However, Gaikwad remained unbeaten with a stellar knock of 67 runs off 58 balls, steering his side to victory and extending their unbeaten streak at home.

Earlier in the game, Ruturaj Gaikwad won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first and even mentioned that there would be dew later on. Chennai got the perfect start with the ball as Phil Salt hit the very first ball of the match straight to Ravindra Jadeja at point. Sunil Narine did counter-attack well and added a good stand with young Angkrish Raghuvanshi just like in the previous game. However, as soon as Ravindra Jadeja was introduced into the attack, it all started to fall apart for Kolkata. Shreyas Iyer held up one end but couldn’t convert it into a big finish and they lost wickets in the latter half to hobble their way to 137 runs. The likes of Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande and Mustafizur Rahman all picked up multiple wickets and overall it was a solid bowling effort from the home side. In reply, it was a calm and composed knock from skipper Gaikwad that took Chennai to the win without much of a fuss

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