Not long back Parthiv Patel led Gujarat won their maiden Ranji Trophy title, and their batsman Chirag Gandhi has credited Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his success in the season.
Gandhi, who gave the finishing touch in the finals against Mumbai, said the moments of accomplishment will stay with him forever and watching the clippings of Gujarat lifting the trophy would be cherished for long.
“The Ranji Trophy winning shot will be remembered for ever. That is the moment that will be on television whenever clippings of Gujarat winning Ranji Trophy is shown on television.”
The right-handed batsman from Surat has continued his good form in the Irani Cup as well, notching up a defiant 130 on day one against the Rest of India, which rescued the champions after a poor start. Talking about his knock, Gandhi said he was playing with freedom and no pressure.
“When I went in to bat, my mind was blank. I did not think much. I wanted to play freely. With the goal of winning Ranji Trophy accomplished, there was no pressure here.”
Gandhi, who bats at number six position has said his discussion with MS Dhoni during the quarter-final really helped him gain confidence and play with an improved technique. He also said MS told him how to bat with the tail and how to tackle pacers on the bouncy tracks.
“I know I would be batting at Nos 6-7 and asked Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) about how to play the role of a finisher to perfection. He told me how to bat with the tail and complete the job. If the pitch has bounce, you have options to play strokes.”
Chirag Gandhi has scored a well made 169 in the first innings against Rest of India (ROI) in Irani Cup.