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‘Will you play the next 3 games whether you score or not’ – these words from MS Dhoni that saved the mind of Ruturaj Gaur

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Ruturaj Gaikwad and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL / BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings new batting sensation Ruturaj Gaikwad has revealed the conversation with his captain M S Dhoni After his tough start to the just-concluded campaign in the IPL 2020. The right-handed batsman’s stay in the UAE for the tournament began on a worst note as he was tested positive for COVID-19 and did not get enough time. Train.

As a result, he missed out on CSK’s tournament-opener Mumbai Indians But got a chance in the playing eleven for the following game against Rajasthan Royals. However, Gaikwad, making his IPL debut, failed to grab the chance and was dismissed for the Duck. In his next two bouts, he recorded scores of 5 and 0 against Delhi Capital and Mumbai Indians respectively.

The gap between the game between the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians was almost a month as it looked like Gaikwad would be dropped again after the latter’s failure. But CSK remained with them for their last three matches of the season and it paid off. The youngster won three consecutive matches and scored a half-century to fully justify the confidence shown above and helped CSK out of IPL 2020.

Conversation with MS Dhoni:

Ruturaj Gaikwad has revealed in a conversation with MS Dhoni that he was mentally ‘freed’ after a difficult start to life in the IPL. Maharashtra star said Chennai Super Kings The captain sensed his state of mind and assured him that whatever he was, he would play the last three matches of the season. Dhoni really stood by his words and Gaikwad fully justified the confidence of his captain.

Dhoni went to me and asked me if I am under pressure. He said, ‘We don’t want to pressure you, but we have expectations from you. All I want to tell you is that you are going to play the next three games without a doubt, whether you score a run or not. Try and enjoy these games and don’t think about the performance, ”Ruturaj Gaikwad told Sportstar.

He said that I should not worry about the ups and downs and should enjoy the performance. After that chat, my thought process changed. By then, I was thinking about stuff like when would I achieve my first limit in the IPL or even make my first impression with a 15-20 run cameo.

“But after that conversation, it was a big change. I remember that during RCB’s game, I was only thinking about contributing to the team’s cause in that situation. I think the captain realized my frame of mind, changed my thought process, and freed me, ”he said.

As far as CSK’s performance in the IPL is concerned, they were eliminated from the league stage for the first time in their history. The three-time champion finished the tournament in seventh place, with 6 wins in 14 matches.