MS Dhoni was a relieved man after the Chennai Super Kings survived a scare, first by Andre Russell and later by Pat Cummins to defeat the Kolkata Knight Riders with 18 races to reach the top of the standings with six points. After the match, Dhoni thought about the positive aspects of the match, saying that the return to the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad is a good omen for the team.
Gaikwad, who scored three consecutive half-centuries in the second half of last year’s IPL, had a few first three soft games this season, scoring 5, 5 and 10. However, he was backed by Dhoni and the leadership. team to get another game and the handkerchief did not disappoint.
Gaikwad, opening the battle, scored 65 of 42 balls, hitting six fours and four sixes. He made 115 runs alongside senior professional Faf du Plessis, who scored 95 undefeated, but Gaikwad’s top half of the order set the tone for CSK’s huge 220/3 total. Dhoni revealed when he learned that despite a few small scores, Gaikwad was mentally strong, saying his reaction was all he needed to get his head around another game.
“Rutu is someone who showed his class in the last IPL. You always have to assess where he is mentally. Once he was on guard, I asked him how you feel today. When you asked a question like this, you waited for the reactions. , see what he has in his eyes. His reactions were enough to suggest that he was not noisy, “Dhoni said of the young Gaikwad during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Dhoni reflected on the match and the result, saying that although CSK got a good total, it was important to respect where it should be. Regarding the pace at which Andre Russell and Pat Cummins were scoring points, Dhoni explained how, from a certain stage of the half, his role was limited and that the battle was major between the KKR bats and his illness.
“Since the 16th, the competition has taken place between the fast bowler and the bat. You can’t do too much. You can’t put different fields. It’s about you against me. The part that has one is the part that performed a little better. But if he had more counters, he could have been different. I saw enough in the cricket, I would always like you to be humble. There are no good reasons if you scored, the opposition can’t score, “Dhoni added.
“My line to the players was that we have good runs on the board, but let’s be humble. You don’t want to take too many early counters. Big hitters come, 200 runs, there’s only one way they’ll play. You can’t do much “The only option was Jadeja. It was turning, it was a bit dry. The beating was very good.”