Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a scintillating maiden century in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) which was played in Abu Dhabi on October 2, 2021. Twitterverse was all praises for the right-hander for his amazing knock which earned him the Orange Cap for most runs in the ongoing tournament as well.
Chennai Super Kings came into this match already having qualified for the playoffs of the IPL 2021 tournament, having beaten the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals were in dire need of a win especially after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated them in Dubai.
This was a special occasion for MS Dhoni, as it was his 200th match in the IPL as captain of the Chennai Super Kings, becoming the first cricketer to do so. Unfortunately, he didn’t win the toss as Sanju Samson of RR called right and decided to bowl first on this Abu Dhabi pitch.
Rajasthan made insanely five changes to their playing XI dropping Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Kartik Tyagi, and Chris Morris, and brought in Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, David Miller, and Mayank Markande. CSK made two changes as Sam Curran came in for Dwayne Bravo and KM Asif came in for Deepak Chahar.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Becomes The Youngest CSK Batter To Score A Century In Indian Premier League
Maharashtra batter Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in tremendous form for the Chennai-based IPL franchise both the last season and this season as well. Though he has started off slowly in every match, he has managed to up the ante when needed and a similar thing was on display in this match against RR.
He played the backseat role as Faf du Plessis (25), Moeen Ali (22) and then Ravindra Jadeja (32* in 15 balls, with 4 fours and one six) took CSK to a final total of 189/4. Ruturaj, on the other hand, bided his time as he reached his half-century in 43 balls with 6 fours to his name.
Just when it looked like CSK would end up with a below-par score, Gaikwad and Jadeja pummeled the RR bowling lineup and Ruturaj was particularly brutal as he reached his century on the last ball of the CSK innings, taking just 17 balls more to 100. He hit a total of 9 fours and 5 sixes.
The Twitterverse went crazy as Ruturaj broke the record of the youngest Chennai Super Kings batter to score a century in IPL, previously held by Murali Vijay.
Twitter Goes Crazy As Ruturaj Gaikwad Scores His Maiden IPL Ton:
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) October 2, 2021
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) October 2, 2021
— Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 2, 2021
Wow.!! #Gaikwad Just WOW.
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) October 2, 2021
This young guy Ruturaj Gaikwad,,,,,,,,hhhmm
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 2, 2021
— Ram Muthuram Cinemas (@RamCinemas) October 2, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 2, 2021
Top innings from Orange Cap Holder Ruturaj Gaikwad. One of the best I've seen in the recent past !
— ᎷᎧᏂᎥᏖ (@SupremeSidharth) October 2, 2021
What a sensational innings. Take a bow Ruturaj Gaikwad!!
— Parvati (@paro_nair) October 2, 2021
What A Mannnn ❤️ #RuturajGaikwad 🥳
— Thyview (@Thyview) October 2, 2021
— Prabhakar (@itz_Prabhaa) October 2, 2021
Next Kohli is found
No Shubman Gill
No Priyam Garg
It's Ruturaj Gaikwad 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— ZALA KISHANSINH (@iamzala9) October 2, 2021
Wow just wow. #RuturajGaikwad 💯
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 2, 2021
He just got 2 balls. Not once did he hurry up bec he could easily have done so nearing his maiden 100. Look at the mans temperament. Missed the first ball and yet stayed still. Nailed the last one. Top player #RuturajGaikwad @ChennaiIPL
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 2, 2021
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 2, 2021