IPL 2024: Fleming praised Ruturaj Gaikwad and shared why he is like Dhoni

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Ruturaj Gaikwad

Just before the start of the 17th IPL season, the Chennai Super Kings team had announced the appointment of Ruturaj Gaikwad as the new captain in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Under Gaikwad’s leadership, CSK got off to a great start, winning the first two games, but the team suffered defeat in the third and fourth games. At the same time, Ruturaj Gaikwad failed to produce any special performance with the bat and also faced criticism for his slow batting. Now, Chennai Super Kings team head coach Stephen Fleming has defended Gaikwad.

Gaikwad remains calm like Dhoni

Replying to a question about Gaikwad in the pre-match press conference against Mumbai Indians, Stephen Fleming said Gaikwad is as good as he can be. I know Dhoni was a very cool captain and Ruturaj Gaikwad is also like him. There is no difference between the two. He is also as calm and patient as possible. Gaikwad is very impressive and knows what he has to do. I think it is not right to call Gaikwad’s batting slow. Gaikwad plays well. He performed better in the last game against KKR where he struggled according to the conditions. Making him captain of the team was part of the strategy and it is a decision made with the future in mind. Everyone looks at the captain based on his stats, but we see it differently.

Gaikwad has recorded a strike rate of 117.42 so far this season.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who played 5 matches in this IPL season, has scored 155 runs at a strike rate of just 117.42 and the captain’s pressure on him is also believed to be the reason for this. If we talk about Gaikwad’s strike rate in his IPL career, it is around 140. In such a situation, he also gets criticism due to his slow batting. The Chennai team is currently at the third position in the points table with 6 points.

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