CSK vs RR: Ruturaj Gaikwad attacked by Mohammed Shami after Chennai's loss to Gujarat

Published - 12 May 2024, 01:31 PM | Updated - 12 May 2024, 01:34 PM

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Mohammed Shami
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Mohammed Shami (Credits: Instagram)

Injured Gujarat Titans pacer Mohammed Shami blamed the inexperienced CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad for Chennai's 35-run loss to GT last night. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad's side arrived at the Narendra Modi stadium after beating the Punjab Kings in Dharamshala by 28 runs. They had to put up a similar performance last night against the Gujarat Titans as well. However, Shubman Gill's side was just too strong on the night as they denied CSK, a chance to go 3rd in the IPL 2024 points table with a win. 

Why did Mohammed Shami blame Ruturaj Gaikwad for CSK's loss?

While speaking to a local news channel in the post-match of GT Vs CSK, Mohammed Shami had a lesson for Ruturaj Gaikwad. That the surface in Ahmedabad last night was flat and it was meant for batting and Gaikwad's decision at toss time was wrong. 

Shami claimed that Ruturaj Gaikwad should have opted to bat first instead of choosing to bowl. The senior India pacer said that CSK would not have been at the receiving end had they batted first. "After winning the toss, CSK decided to bowl first and that was a wrong call because the two openers took the game away with an opening stand of 210." - Mohammed Shami said. 

Following Ruturaj Gaikwad's call during the toss, Shubman Gill and his new opening partner Sai Sudharsan stole the show with their excellent 1st wicket partnership. Gill and Sudharsan dismantled the CSK bowling line-up with every bowler other than Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande conceding more than 10 runs in an over. 

Shardul and Deshpande were the most economical bowlers with an economy rate of 6.25 and 8.25 respectively. But even that could not stop Gill and Sudharsan from stitching together a 210-run partnership for the first wicket. While the GT skipper scored a man of the match winning 104 off 55 balls, Sudharsan smashed 103 off 51 at a strike rate of over 200. 

David Miller also scored 16 off 11 and helped the Titans post 232 as the target. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad flops with the bat 

In response, CSK got off to a very poor start as the top-order of Ajinkya Rahane, Rachin Ravindra and Ruturaj Gaikwad shared just 2 runs between them. In what was such a massive run-chase, Gaikwad who is known for taking the responsibility on his shoulders, departed for a 3-ball duck off Umesh Yadav. 

The credit for Gaikwad's wicket should not only go to Umesh Yadav but also to Rashid Khan, who completed a superb catch to dismiss the CSK skipper. 

Following the top-order's poor outing, number 4 and 5 batters Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali helped CSK go from 10/3 to 119/4. After Mitchell's departure for 63 Shivam Dube walked in but he also left after scoring just 21 off 13 after Mooen Ali's wicket for a score of 56 off 36. 

Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni were at the crease afterward but the all-rounder could only score 18 runs while MSD's 26 off 11 went in vain as CSK lost by 35 runs.