Gaikwad, who struggled throughout CSK’s first eight games of this Indian Premier League (IPL) season, was at his best on Sunday as he powered six sixes and as many fours before missing out on a well-deserved century against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Gaikwad scored 99 off 57 balls and stitched a 182-run partnership with Devon Conway (85 not out), which is now CSK’s highest opening stand in IPL history.
CSK returned to winning ways with 13-run victory over SRH at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (99) and Devon Conway (85*) starred in CSK’s 13-run victory over SRH, as the duo’s mammoth partnership took CSK to 202/2 batting first.
At the post-match presentation, ‘Player of the Match’ Gaikwad said: “Felt good and it has come in a winning way, this knock feels more special. There will be times where you will get one or two good deliveries and you will be unlucky here and there. With the kind of support staff you have and all the people around, you have that backing and confidence with you going.
“Personally I do not like to believe in form. Irrespective of what you scored in the last game, you have to start from zero. I believe in starting from zero every game and that is what has helped. I like to play more pace as it brings the best out of me,” he said.
Talking about his partnership with Conway, Gaikwad said, “A lot of thought process in it. I was telling him (Conway) to take his time. I have played here as this is my home ground, I know this wicket and I was just chatting with him to keep going,” he added.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 202/2 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 99, Devon Conway 85*; T Natarajan 2-42) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 189-6 (Nicholas Pooran 64*, Kane Williamson 47; Mukesh Choudhary 4-46) by 13 runs.