Star Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has revealed that there were no talks inside the team about his poor form in the first few Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 games.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was the find of the season in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He won the Emerging Player Of The Season award and most importantly he the was leading run-scorer of the season and won the Orange Cap.
Ruturaj Gaikwad in 16 IPL 2021 games managed to score 635 runs at an average of 45.35 and a strike rate of 136. Also, he is the youngest player to win the orange cap in the history of IPL.
In an interview with New Indian express Ruturaj Gaikwad was asked about Chennai Super Kings (CSK) backing him in a phase when he didn’t start well to which Ruturaj replied:
“There was talk only outside the bubble. There was nothing inside the team about my low scores or even doubts over my ability. “
“Be it the coach or the captain, nobody even spoke about it. Plus in one match, I got a good ball and in the other, the pitch was not good.”
I Never Felt Any Pressure Or Did I Feel I Was Out Of Form – Ruturaj Gaikwad
The 24-year-old told that he didn’t feel any pressure after starting slow as nobody was mentioning it. Gaikwad said:
“They have seen such phases with players before. So I never felt any pressure or did I feel I was out of form. And since nobody was talking or mentioning about it, I also didn’t read too much into it.”
Ruturaj Gaikwad revealed that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Mike Hussey told him that he need to trust the process and said he is lucky to be a part of CSK. He elaborated:
“I remember Mike Hussey just telling me ‘you are just one knock away and need to trust the process’, and that is what I did. I’m lucky to be part of this team because they never let any of the outside talk to get in.”
Meanwhile, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings won their 4th IPL title by defeating Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2021 final.