Young Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad – who had a brilliant IPL – has broken his silence on CSK skipper MS Dhoni’s ‘No spark in youngsters’ comment – that made headlines during the tournament following the franchise’s poor run. Gaikwad – who was more focussed on the job at hand – admitted that he did not read too much into Dhoni’s statement. Also Read - India vs Australia 2021: IPL 13 to be Blamed for Injury Woes? Justin Langer Suggests so
“I didn’t read much into what MS had said and I never felt he intended that way,” Ruturaj was quoted as saying by Telegraph. Also Read - IND vs AUS 3rd Test: Rishabh Pant Beats MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani to Create Massive Record in Sydney, Twitter Hails India Wicketkeeper's Bravado vs Australia
Gaikwad further said that Dhoni must have thought of something and said that. The young top-order batsman confirmed that it did not matter what Dhoni had said as, during the net sessions, the CSK skipper would give him advise and batting tips ahead of matches. Also Read - India vs Australia 2021: Ajinkya Rahane Can Equal Big Captaincy Record of MS Dhoni During 3rd Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
“He must have thought of something and said, but people took it the other way. What he said didn’t matter to me or didn’t even get to my head. At nets, he would advise me regarding my batting and on top of that, he has always liked my batting,” he added.
“At nets, MS used to tell me, ‘just make sure your process is right and don’t worry about the results.’ I just followed that,” he added further.
In a season to forget for CSK, Gaikwad was the only silver lining as he scored 204 runs from six games and finished the tournament with three consecutive fifties. He would be the one to watch out for next season.
After a dismal run in 2020, it would be interesting to see CSK’s plan at the mega auction – who do they release/retain – Gaikwad could be someone the franchise could look to invest in looking at the future.