The Chennai Super Kings paid a high price last season when they failed to show faith in their young talents in the early stages of the tournament. Later, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who took shape in the second half of the season, showed the class he held with a half-century series.
The new season saw him stutter at the beginning with grim batshots in the first three games with a total of 20 tracks. However, the opening device performed well against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday with bubbles of 64 in CSK’s 18-series victory.
Despite the anxiety at the beginning of the season, the right batsman received unconditional support from the skipper of CSK MS Dhoni, who revealed after Wednesday’s victory that he had once appreciated the mental scream of Gaikwad in an uncertain situation and realized that the young man from Maharashtra was not embarrassed by the problems that were happening to him.
“Ruth showed his class in the last one IPL. You should always consider where he is mentally. Once, when he was unprepared, I asked him, “How are you feeling today?” When you ask a question like that, you wait for the reactions, you see what’s in his eyes, “Donnie said.
“There was enough in his reactions to suggest that he was not shaken.
“I’ve done this my whole life (applying a little psychology), but in a good way,” he added.