Stephen Fleming: CSK To Back Ruturaj Despite Twice Scoring 5
Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Stephen Fleming: CSK Will Back Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad

Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach has said that Ruturaj Gaikwad will be under no pressure for his place in the XI despite his two failures.

The young CSK opener was dismissed for five against Delhi Capitals and made the same score against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Friday.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Stephen Fleming: CSK Showed Faith In Ruturaj Gaikwad In IPL 2020 And He Will Be Backed In IPL 2021 Despite Two Low Scores

At a virtual press conference after CSK’s six-wicket win over Punjab Kings, coach Stephen Fleming was asked if the team management would look to make some changes at the top of the order in the wake of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s two low scores.

Stephen Fleming replied in the negative and said:“I am happy with the balance we have got in the team. Ruturaj (Gaikwad) is a fine player. He got a good ball in the first match and very difficult conditions today (Friday). It’s wasn’t a 220-run wicket today. It was much different. Ruturaj was a player we showed faith in last year, and his talent came through. Our philosophy when we pick players and put them in the team is to back them. This combination (Ruturaj-Faf du Plessis) is simply that”.

Stephen Fleming Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Stephen Fleming Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Ruturaj Gaikwad had also registered three low scores in his first three matches of IPL 2020 before he was dropped from the XI. He came back strongly towards the end of the tournament, registering three consecutive half-centuries.

Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring 5 runs in the first 3 outings. He scored unbeaten 65, 72, and unbeaten 62 as CSK won the last 3 games but finished 7th in IPL 2020 and didn’t qualify for playoffs for the 1st time in IPL history.

Stephen Fleming: Performance From XI Encouraging After Defeating PBKS

CSK put up a dominant show against PBKS on Friday. After restricting the opposition to a paltry total of 106 for 8, they chased down the target with 26 balls and six wickets to spare.

Asked if Friday’s combination could be termed CSK’s best playing XI, Stephen Fleming said: “When you put in a performance like this, it is hard to argue. We have Lungi Ngidi, who has now become available. But he is only out in the next couple of days. We will see how he comes out of quarantine. The performance today from the XI was very encouraging”.

Shahrukh Khan scored 47 vs CSK
Shahrukh Khan scored 47 vs CSK

Stephen Fleming added that playing XI will also depend on the conditions, which are not straightforward.

Stephen Fleming explained in this regard: “Now it a case of really assessing the conditions. Everyone thought that there are going to be high-scoring slog-athons. But now there’s a little bit more out. So the team you pick and the tactics that you use (become important). We are really happy about that. We like the opportunity when there is a bit in the wicket. Really encouraged with the way the XI played”.
Earlier, CSK and PBKS both retained the same playing XIs from their respective last game, with the former putting the latter in to bat first on a fresh Wankhede surface.
Pacer Deepak Chahar castled Mayank Agarwal’s stumps in the very first over followed by Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding fielding effort – a direct hit – inside the circle that ran out the PBKS skipper, KL Rahul.
Deepak Chahar was back to bowl the fifth over and there was no stopping the right-arm seamer who struck twice in an over. The bowler scalped his 4th wicket of the innings after Deepak Hooda chipped it into the hands of Faf du Plessis at mid-off.
PBKS batsman Shahrukh Khan fell just three runs short of his half-century after he tried to smack Sam Curran for a maximum, only to find Ravindra Jadeja in the deep. PBKS finished with a total of 106-8. Faf Du Plessis and Moeen Ali ensured CSK’s win after losing Ruturaj Gaikwad early.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 107/4 (Moeen Ali 46, Faf du Plessis 36*; Mohammad Shami 2/21) beat Punjab Kings 106/8 (Shahrukh Khan 47, Jhye Richardson 15; Deepak Chahar 4/13) by 6 wickets