Ruturaj Gaikwad played an impressive innings of 60 runs and helped Chennai Super Kings post a total of 172/7 against Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Partnering with Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad forged a solid 87-run partnership before Gujarat Titans’ bowlers made a comeback. Gaikwad’s exceptional performance enabled him to become the second Chennai Super Kings batsman to surpass the milestone of 550 runs in the current season.
Ruturaj Gaikwad on his cricket
Before the match against GT, Ruturaj Gaikwad engaged in a conversation with the commentary panel. Gaikwad emphasized that consistency is challenging to achieve in T20 cricket. He highlighted the significance of assessing the pitch and mentioned that his personal approach has always been to play with freedom and expressiveness.
“More than runs it’s the preparation going into a tournament. That was very good, and it was injury-free unlike last time. The nature of T20 is everytime you can’t be consistent. But the idea is to keep our process the same,” Gaikwad said.
“Assessing the pitch and deciding our approach is important. This time my approach has been to play expressive cricket. Earlier I used to take my time for 10-odd balls. A lot depends on situation and pitch as well. Left-right combo is important. Opposition tactics change because of that. Like bowling an off-spinner or a left-arm spinner. Devon was playing fast bowlers well, but he’s also played spin very well throughout the season,” he added.