Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chennai Super Kings batsman, guided his team to an eight-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore and said that he has dreamed of batting with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni since the camp kicked off in Chennai.
CSK comfortably chased down the target of 146 with eight wickets in hand and 8 balls to spare against RCB whose batsmen apart from skipper Virat Kohli and mainstay AB De Villiers found it tough to play the likes of Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar and Mitchell Santner.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Dreamt To Play With MS Dhoni But Didn’t Get Chances
Ruturaj Gaikwad himself played an unbeaten knock of 65 runs to take the side over the line. He shared an unbeaten 37-run stand with MS Dhoni while chasing the target of 146 as RCB managed only 145/6 in stipulated 20 overs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad said he always dreamt of batting along with skipper MS Dhoni but didn’t get any opportunity during last year’s IPL and played only 4 matches in IPL 2020.
“I am feeling good but personal milestone doesn’t matter much until and unless you win for your team. I was part of the squad last year and this year also I didn’t get many chances this year also, so this means a lot,” Gaikwad told bowler Deepak Chahar in a video posted on iplt20.com.
“I was dreaming from the day you know when the camp started in Chennai and I had a feeling I might get a game and was hoping to play with Mahi bhai and obviously make a partnership. It helps me a lot, coming it from Mahi Bhai that keeps focusing on the next games,” he added.
The 23-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad has played 4 games and scored 70 runs averaging 23.33 all in IPL 2020.
Deepak Chahar Was Confident Bowling Death Overs
Deepak Chahar bowled brilliantly too alongside Sam Curran and picked the important wicket of AB de Villiers. The right-handed bowler gave away 31 runs in 4 overs and picked up 2 wickets of AB De Villiers and Chris Morris while Sam Curran conceded 19 runs and picked 3 wickets of Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali and skipper Virat Kohli.
“I was confident bowling at death as I bowl 3 overs in the powerplay where only two players are allowed. Even last year, I bowled in the death overs, so I was pretty confident bowling in the crucial overs,” said Chahar.
Despite the win, CSK are struggling at the bottom with eight points with 4 wins from 12 matches while RCB is in the third spot with 14 points having won 7 matches. Deepak Chahar has 12 wickets from 12 matches averaging 27.91.
CSK will next lock horns against 4th placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday, October 29 at the Dubai International Stadium.