Josh Hazlewood and Ruturaj Gaikwad discuss CSK turnaround in IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad took a trip down the memory lane after helping his side book a playoff berth in IPL 2021. CSK beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets on September 30.
The Super Kings have scripted an outstanding turnaround this season, winning nine out of 11 matches to book their place in the top four. MS Dhoni & co have looked dominant, winning all their games in the UAE leg of the tournament.
In a candid chat with teammate Josh Hazlewood, a happy Ruturaj Gaikwad reiterated that they still need to win games to lift the trophy.
“Obviously, it feels good. The way we had 2020, the previous year, finishing seventh and now being the first team to qualify for the playoffs, it’s been a great turnaround. You are aiming for and are eager as a franchise to qualify, so we have done it but still a long way to go, hopefully, we will keep on winning the games,” Ruturaj Gaikwad said.
Incidentally, the Super Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs last season for the first time ever in the IPL. They had an extremely poor tournament, finishing seventh in the points table.
“Thankfully it is happening on the right track” – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who capped off his IPL 2020 campaign with a couple of good knocks, continued his brilliant run this year. He and Faf du Plessis have consistently provided good starts which have in turn helped in releasing the pressure on the middle-order.
Gaikwad is hopeful that they can continue the good work in the coming games.
“Thankfully, it is happening on the right track. Obviously, in any game, batting first or batting second, opening partnership is always crucial. So me and Faf (Du Plessis) getting off to the start in each and every game is very crucial and hopefully we will continue doing it,” he added.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has amassed 407 runs from 11 matches in IPL 2021 at an average of 40.70, including three half-centuries. Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis has slammed 435 runs in the competition and is third in the list of highest run-scorers.