Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni had caused quite a stir with his ‘no ‘no spark’ comment for his team’s youngsters during IPL 2020. CSK were looking out of sorts for the better part of the tournament but did not give their youngsters too many chances.
And when the team lost to Rajasthan Royals to suffer its seventh loss of the season, MS Dhoni had explained the reason behind not giving chances to youngsters. While admitting that the criticism faced by CSK was fair, the former India skipper surprisingly stated that the some of the youngsters in the team lacked spark.
“It’s fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren’t there. Maybe we didn’t see as much spark from some of our youngsters,” MS Dhoni had said.
Ruturaj Gaikwad breaks silence on the comment:
MS Dhoni had faced severe criticism from several quarters for his comment. Not only the fans but several former cricketers had also slammed him for the comment. And recently, Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of CSK’s youngsters’ opened up on the entire episode.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was one of the positives for CSK in an otherwise dismal campaign. The right-handed batsman, who had managed only 5 runs in his first three appearances for CSK, went on to notch up three back-to-back half-centuries to help his side win their last three games and finish the competition on a high.
Speaking about Dhoni’s comment, Gaikwad said he never read too much into his captain’s comment and it never got into his head, as many had speculated.
“I didn’t read much into what MS had said and I never felt he intended that way,” Ruturaj Gaikwad was quoted as saying by Telegraph.
“He must have thought of something and said, but people took it the other way. What he said didn’t matter to me or didn’t even get to my head. At nets, he would advise me regarding my batting and on top of that, he has always liked my batting,” he added.
He further said that Dhoni has always liked his batting and would keep advising him in the nets to not worry too much about the results and get the process right.
“At nets, MS used to tell me, ‘just make sure your process is right and don’t worry about the results.’ I just followed that,” said Gaikwad.