Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has lavished praise on young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, saying he absorbed the pressure and played a “remarkable” innings which gave the team a chance against defending champions Mumbai Indians in their IPL match.
Gaikwad hit a match-winning unbeaten 88 as CSK posted 156 for 6 after being reduced to 24 for four inside the powerplay.
“Today’s innings was very special. It’s okay to play an innings in a high-scoring game and dominate. But when you’re the one to get a score to give your team a chance, then that’s even more special,” Fleming said at the post-match press conference.
“So, the way he went about his work, it had really absorbing pressure and then the ability to accelerate as the innings went on, it really was down to his hand, that we were able to create any pressure whatsoever. So, it was a remarkable innings from him.”
Gaikwad anchored the innings with an unbeaten 58-ball knock before Dwayne Bravo led an excellent bowling display to power CSK to a crushing 20-run win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL here on Sunday.
“It was very special, as you know, we’ve had very big taps on him (Ruturaj) for some time. Even last time we were here, we rushed him back, probably too early given the shape he was in from COVID, but that’s how much regard and respect we have for his ability.