New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad is ready to bat for 20 overs, which has given him confidence. Gaikwad scored 70 runs in 50 balls against Delhi Capitals in IPL Qualifier 1 match on Sunday. Apart from Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa scored 63 off 44 balls and Dhoni played an unbeaten 18 off six balls to give Chennai a four-wicket win and reach the final.
Gaikwad is quite simple
Dhoni has described Gaikwad as very ordinary. He said, ‘Whenever I have talked to Gaikwad, it has been a very direct conversation like what is going on and what are you thinking. It is very important to understand how they have improved in this period. He is the one who is ready to bat for 20 overs.
no shortage of talent
Dhoni said, ‘After a match I spoke to Gaikwad. If you are an opener and you have to start well then you have to bat 10-12 overs but why not till 18 overs. Only after that did he do so. He is a good talent. Praising Uthappa, Dhoni said, ‘Uthappa is someone who likes to bat at the top order but Moeen Ali has done well for us at number-3. We have a situation where two people can land at number-3.
Chennai in IPL final for the ninth time
In the 14 seasons played in the IPL, the Chennai team under Dhoni’s captaincy has cut the final ticket 9 times. Chennai is the first team to enter the final this season. Chennai has won the trophy 3 times in IPL history. Chennai finished second with 18 points after winning 9 out of 14 league stage matches played in this IPL.