Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad said that his unbeaten 88 against Mumbai Indians gave him the most satisfaction.
Gaikwad scored 88 runs off 58 balls, his innings was laced by nine fours and four sixes.
Mumbai Indians New Zealand pacers Trent Boult and Adam Milne gave massive blows to MS Dhoni and his men as the duo brought CSK down to 24/4 at the end of the powerplay.
However, Gaikwad combined with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to build an 81-run stand between them that resurrected the sinking ship. Gaikwad pulled Kieron Pollard for a boundary to bring up his sixth IPL fifty.
Initially I thought we won’t even get that many runs on board: Ruturaj Gaikwad on knock against MI
Gaikwad was restless in the death overs as he alone scored 32 runs in the last four overs where he smashed Bumrah for a couple of sixes, the one that came off the final delivery defined the batter’s audacity in a very sweet manner.
CSK went on to win over Mumbai Indians by 20 runs despite an early collapse in the game.
When Gaikwad was asked about the most satisfying knock in his stellar IPL 2021 campaign, the Maharashtra batter replied the one against MI as the team was in a challenging position.
“The one against Mumbai Indians (the most satisfying knck) because we where not in a good situation. So to take the team to a par total on that pitch was really special,” Gaikwad told New Indian Express.
“Initially I thought we won’t even get that many runs on board, but we got there in the end,” he added.
To chase 172 against DC was special: Ruturaj Gaikwad
Gaikwad also played a stupendous knock of 70 against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 as CSK chased 173 to book their spot in the final match.
Gaikwad revealed that CSK skipper MS Dhoni had credited him for the team victory after the game.
“Also the knock against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 1, because they had a very good attack and the pitch was slow as well. So to chase 172 was special,” Gailwad asserted.
“Even MS came up to me and said ‘you staying till 17th over helped the team’ so that was special too,” he added.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 635 runs from 16 innings at the strike rate of 136.26. In the final against KKR, Gaikwad went past Punjab Kings’ skipper KL Rahul’s tally of 626 runs to snatch the orange cap from him.