IPL 2022: Sunil Gavaskar happy with CSK batter Ruturaj Gaikwad’s progress
Last season, Gaikwad was instrumental in CSK’s fourth IPL title win
He won the Orange Cap for scoring 635 runs
Gavaskar said Gaikwad has ‘very little areas to improve’
Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is impressed with Chennai Super Kings batter Ruturaj Gaikwad’s progress as a batter. The former India skipper, Gavaskar said the right-handed batter has ‘very little areas to improve’ and his ‘shot selection’ is the ‘most impressive aspect’ of his batting.
In IPL 2021, Gaikwad, 25, was instrumental to CSK’s fourth title triumph. Scoring 635 runs, he won the Orange Cap and was rewarded for such a stellar performance with a call-up in the Indian limited-overs squad.
"Ruturaj Gaikwad is another player who has very little areas to improve. There is nothing really required as far as Gaikwad's improvement is concerned. He has got all the shots in the book, but the most impressive aspect is his shot selection. Whatever shot he plays, he doesn't get cowed down," Gavaskar said the Star Sports show 'Gameplan'.
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"He is not afraid to play the lofted shot when required and his shot selection has been very good in the IPL. So, there is very little that Ruturaj Gaikwad needs to do. All he needs to do is keep on scoring runs similar to last season."
CSK will start their IPL title defence on Saturday against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022 season opener at the Wankhede Stadium.
“MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team,” said CSK in a statement. “Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK. Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond.”
CSK, under the leadership of Dhoni, won four IPL titles which made them the second most successful team in the T20 league history.
Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in 2020, is likely to hang his boots from IPL after the end of the season, but he will remain associated with CSK taking up a role.