Video of Ruturaj Gaikwad 70 runs in 50 balls : Qualifier 1 : CSK vs DC

CSK vs DC : Qualifier 1, 10 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST

Match Result : Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets

Player of the Match : Ruturaj Gaikwad

Dhoni on CSK’s return this season: “It’s the full team (effort). It was tough when we didn’t qualify last time. Emotions were quite high. Forget what has happened till now, we wanted to make the most of the 3-4 games left towards the end.

A lot of our batters made the most of that period which is why I feel we have come back strongly this year. Credit goes to the support staff and everyone in the team. Without their character you can’t really comeback like this.”

Rishabh Pant | Delhi Capitals captain: “Obviously it’s very disappointing, don’t have enough words to describe how we are feeling right now. The only thing we can do is rectify our mistakes and move on to the next one.

I thought that Tom bowled beautifully throughout the match, last over unfortunately went for runs. I thought the bowler who is having a great day, it’s better to use him for the last over. I thought the score was decent but they got off to a flier in the powerplay and we didn’t get enough wickets and that was the main difference.

As a cricketer, we are going to rectify our mistakes, gonna learn from it and move on to the next one. Hopefully we can win and play the final.” 

Dhoni on Ruturaj: “Whenever we have a chat, it’s always plain and simple. It’s about what is going on and what he is thinking because it is very important to understand how well he has improved over the years.

And also his game plan, He is somebody who is willing to bat 20 overs. I had a conversation with him (Ruturaj) after one of the games. If you are opener and having a good start, there is nothing that says you have to bat only 10 or 12 overs, why can’t you bat 18, 19 or 20 overs.

Right after that he batted 20 overs, which means he is very eager to learn and he is somebody who plays authentic shots. He has done very well for himself, he is a good talent.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad | Player of the Match: (Thinking before a big game) “It’s just normal. Just go through normal routines whatever you have been following throughout the tournament and just try and stay neutral. Each and every game you start from 0, so it’s important to start again and start fresh and be up for a challenge whatever it is. Powerplay was a crucial stage and the wicket was holding a little bit.

We had to get off to a good start. Robin batted really well, he took on the bowlers and it got a little bit easier for me to stay till the end and bat throughout the innings. At times, you have to take the odd risk. I plan for 2-3 overs, think of who is likely to bowl and who I can target, big-short boundary, who I can target better.

You have to be crystal clear, go through the process, take one over at a time and ensure that the required rate doesn’t go up too much and take it deep. Every time, Dhoni tries to encourage me and start afresh every game. Learn from every game and move forward. He said to try and finish the game.

It is what separates good players from normal players. I am just looking to learn as much as possible till he is here and stay humble.”


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