- Ruturaj Gaikwad completed his century on the last ball of the Chennai Super Kings innings.
- Gaikwad said in the innings break, knew it was a six as soon as he hit the bat
- Chennai gave a difficult target of 190 to Rajasthan with the help of Gaikwad’s century
- Rajasthan achieved the target with the help of the innings of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube
Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has impressed a lot with his performance. He is the highest run scorer in this season of IPL. Gaikwad scored a brilliant century against Rajasthan Royals on Friday to take his team to a strong score of 189. However, the brilliant batting of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube gave Rajasthan victory. But Gaikwad was adjudged the player of the match for his game. Gaikwad completed his century on the last ball of Chennai’s innings. He said that as soon as the ball hit the bat, he had an idea that it was going for six runs.
This was the rising star’s first century in the IPL. During the break in the middle of the innings, Gaikwad said, ‘I was timing the ball well. The boundary is short on the leg side so I knew it was going for six runs. In a conversation with Star Sports, Gaikwad seemed quite happy after scoring a century. When the last over started, Gaikwad was batting on 95. He was at the other end.
Ravindra Jadeja was batting very well. He had scored 14 runs in the first three balls. A ball of this over from Mustafizur Rahman was also a ball wide in the meantime. Jadeja took a single off the fourth ball of the over. After this, Gaikwad had just two balls to complete his century. However, he said that he was not too worried about the century.
Gaikwad said that he was not thinking much about the century. He said, ‘In the end, it matters how many runs your team scored. When Jadeja was scoring runs at the other end, he was not thinking that he was not getting a chance to complete the century. Gaikwad could not score runs on the fifth ball. But he sent the last ball of the innings across the midwicket boundary.
Regarding his batting strategy, he said, “The ball was not coming well on the wicket in the beginning. We were initially thinking of a target of 160 runs. Then I thought about 170K, then I thought why not make 180 and finally we reached 190.’
Gaikwad started off cautiously but once his eyes were set, he batted hard and made 71 runs in the last 30 balls.
He said, ‘I think in the beginning the ball was coming to a halt on the wicket. Their fast bowlers were also bowling well. My plan was to bat for 13-14 overs so that I can take advantage of that later. Gaikwad hit very long sixes. When asked the secret of this, the 24-year-old player told that he was just trying to time the ball. He was not thinking of hitting such long sixes.
Gaikwad scored a brilliant century (Photo BCCI-IPL)