‘During my first IPL fifty, Mahi bhai was with me…’: Ruturaj Gaikwad revels in nostalgia after CSK beat KKR | Cricket News – Times of India

'During my first IPL fifty, Mahi bhai was with me...': Ruturaj Gaikwad revels in nostalgia after CSK beat KKR | Cricket News - Times of India

New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings confirmed their dominance in the IPL arena by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Leading the charge was the CSK captain. Rituraj GaikwadHis unbeaten knock of 67 sealed the victory, which evoked nostalgia as he reminisced about MS Dhoni’s support during his first IPL fifty.
Gaikwad shared during the post-match presentation, “A little old story for me. Same situation during my first IPL fifty, Mahi Bhai was with me and we finished the match.”

Riding on brilliant performances from bowlers Tushar Deshpande, Mustafizur Rahman, and Ravindra Jadeja, along with fine innings from Gaikwad and Shivam Dubey, CSK maintained their fort at home, ending KKR’s unbeaten streak in IPL 2024. Ended.

In the absence of Ajinkya Rahane, Gaikwad shouldered the responsibility of anchoring the innings, avoiding undue pressure on the young players. “After Jinks was injured, the onus was on me to bat, I didn’t want to put the youngsters in a difficult situation,” commented Gaekwad.
Acknowledging the cohesive spirit within the squad, Gaikwad praised the positive attitude of his teammates and highlighted the invaluable guidance provided by Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming..

“With this team, I don’t really need to tell anyone anything. Everyone is in a very good place, Mahi Bhai and Fleming are still around to take those calls,” said the CSK skipper.
Considering the criticism over his strike rate, Gaekwad kept his cool, urging experts to analyze the intricacies of T20 cricket. “I wouldn’t say I’m off to a slow start… Maybe something for the experts,” he said lightly.
Gaekwad’s leadership, combined with the team’s collective effort, led CSK to a convincing victory, confirming their status as serious contenders in the IPL 2024 season.
(with input from ANI)

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