Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer said Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad needs to overcome his batting woes against swing bowlers early in the innings to help CSK to win matches. Ravindra Jadeja-led CSK lost their third game in a row against Punjab Kings (PBKS) after failing to chase 180 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
In a trend where teams are winning by chasing the target in IPL 2022, this was the third game in a row that a side won while defending the total. PBKS bowled out the four-time IPL champions for a paltry score of 126 in 18 overs.
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Debutant Vaibhav Arora claimed figures of 2 for 21 as Chennai Super Kings tumbled to 23 for 4 inside the powerplay overs. The 24-year-old youngster got the wickets of Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali for a duck to give Punjab a great start.
I have seen Ruturaj Gaikwad get out behind the wickets: Wasim Jaffer
South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada bowled a fuller length delivery wide outside off-stump that Gaikwad pushed very hard without any feet moment and found a thick outside edge that flew to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Jaffer said that the Maharashtra skipper often nicks the ball against swing bowlers and that is something the CSK opener will have to work on.
“He does get out nicking. Even in first-class cricket, I have seen him get out behind the wickets. The pitches here (in Mumbai) are helping the fast bowlers. The ball is swinging and it’s not like in Dubai, where the ball was on the shorter side. He’s a quality player, but he needs to find a way and come good for CSK to start winning again,” Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo.
Gaikwad, who was the highest run-scorer of IPL 2021 with 635 runs in 16 games, continued his string of low scores in IPL 2022 with 0, 1 & 1 in the last three innings. CSK will play their next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.