Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his sensational run in IPL 2021 with a marvellous hundred against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Gaikwad smashed an unbeaten 101 from 60 balls to help CSK put a score of 189/4 in the first innings. Gaikwad was great at finding the gaps, especially the cover region with his smart footwork and played his knock in a calm and composed manner.
Ruturaj Gaikwad slams maiden IPL hundred against Rajasthan Royals
Gaikwad dispatched Mustafizur Rahman’s short-length delivery into the deep square leg for a six to register his maiden IPL hundred on the final ball of the innings.
Success to batters like Ruturaj Gaikwad is that much more important: Deep Dasgupta
Cricket commentator Deep Dasgupta mentioned that Gaikwad’s shots were orthodox in nature and appreciated the youngster for adapting his technique very well enough in his breathtaking innings.
“It just tells you that this format is not only for power hitters. If you have the right technique and you know your game well enough, there are different ways of being successful in this format. And if you look at Ruturaj and the shots that he played, they are very orthodox cricketing shots,” Dasgupta told ESPNcricinfo.
“I guess success to batters like Ruturaj is that much more important because when you go to these coaching camps and look at youngsters, they are trying all these fancy shots, the lap and the reverse-lap and all. Then you see someone like Ruturaj, it’s like this is how you should be playing, because this would make sure that you’re not only successful in T20s but the other two formats as well.”
“What was impressive is that in his first 30 balls, he was on 30. So going at run-a-ball just in and outside the powerplay, but then to have the confidence in your ability to step your game up,” he added.
However, Gaikwad’s century went in vain as Rajasthan Royals led by Yashasvi Jaiswal (50) and Shivam Dube (64*) completed the chase with 15 balls and seven wickets to spare.