The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad played a remarkable inning against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 47th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday, October 2.
Gaikwad went berserk against all the bowlers of Rajasthan Royals (RR), from the very first ball he showed the intent which continued till the very last ball.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 101 runs from 60 balls he batted with a strike rate of 168.33 and his innings was filled with 9 fours and 5 sixers.
Also during this inning, he became the youngest (24y 244d) CSK batsman to score a century in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, just like his captain MS Dhoni he finished off his innings by smashing a maximum to complete his sensational century.
My Plan Was To Bat Till The 13th Or 14th Over – Ruturaj Gaikwad
The 24-year-old after smashing a hundred told that he planned to bat till the 13th or 14th over. He said:
“The wicket was holding up a bit initially, they started off well in the powerplay. My plan was to bat till the 13th or 14th over so that I could capitalize on it later.“
Further Ruturaj Gaikwad added that individual scores don’t matter if it doesn’t help your team to clinch the victory. He asserted:
” I’m just looking to time the ball and maintain my shape. At the end of the day, the team score matters. The individual score doesn’t matter, unless and until your team is winning.”
Talking about his marvellous last ball six Gaikwad told after hitting the shot he knew that the ball was going past the boundary line. He elaborated:
“We were looking for 160, then I thought 170, 180 and finally we got 190. I had timed that ball well and it was the shorter boundary, so I knew it was going to be a six. We need to bowl well and execute our plans.”
Meanwhile, with the help of Gaikwad’s century, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were able to post 189 runs on board.