Gaikwad is currently in Sri Lanka preparing for the ODI and T20I series against the home side.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has gained prominence in Indian domestic cricket in recent times. The Maharashtra batsman has been a solid domestic cricketer for a few years and has also performed very well with the bat for the Indian team A. At IPL 2020 and 2021 he also impressed with the bat by achieving good performance for its IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings.
With all these performances, Gaikwad even got a call for the limited Indian series in Sri Lanka and could also make its international debut on the tour. In a recent interaction he shared his experience with MS Dhoni and how the former Indian skipper has helped him stay confident during his difficult team.
Gaikwad spoke about when he struggled to get scores in the IPL and was still supported by his CSK skipper, Dhoni. “Mahi Bhai has always helped me. I was not running at the start of this period in the IPL. I still haven’t lost confidence and have opened regularly. The trust that Mahi Bhai placed in me has helped me, ”Gaikwad said when interacting with Anand Bazaar Patrika.
Gaikwad recalls how Dhoni taught him to fight in difficult situations
At the start of IPL 2021, Gaikwad started his campaign with a series of low scores. However, Dhoni and the team’s management did not let him down and Gaikwad changed his fortunes in the tournament. When the tournament came to a halt due to the coronavirus, he had scored 196 points with an average of 28.00 and a strike rate of 128.94.
Gaikwad further explained how Dhoni thought about the stick. He revealed how the skipper of CSK made him understand drumming and tackling tough situations. Gaikwad has already spoken about the advice he received from the former Indian skipper. Dhoni and Gaikwad will reunite again when IPL 2021 resumes in September.
“Mahi Bhai always said not to play without seeing the name of the opponent. The success is obtained with the bat according to the quality of the ball. Opponents will try to warm their heads in several ways. Mahi Bhai advised against falling into this trap. The advice he gave during his visit to Sri Lanka will be of great help, ”concluded Ruturaj Gaikwad.