Ahmedabad. In the first match of IPL 2023 against Gujarat Titans, Rituraj Gaikwad of Chennai Super Kings played a blistering inning of 92 runs. Although CSK got defeated in this match, but Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya praised him and said that he will do wonders for Indian cricket in the coming times. Gaikwad hit 4 fours and 9 sixes in his 50-ball innings. That is, he scored 70 runs only from the boundary. Playing first in the match, Chennai scored 178 runs for 7 wickets. In reply, Titans won the match with 4 balls to spare. Shumman Gill played a half-century innings.
After winning the first match of the 16th season of T20 League, Hardik Pandya said, ‘Ritraj Gaikwad played some shots which were excellent. If he keeps playing like this, he will do wonders for Indian cricket. The Indian cricket team will be with him when the time comes. Since his debut in July 2021, Gaikwad has scored 135 runs in 9 T20 Internationals. Although this performance has been average. Recently, he also scored a double century in List-A tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. During this, he also hit 7 sixes in one over. This statement of Pandya is also important because this year the World Cup matches are to be played at home in October-November.
It seemed that more than 200 runs would be scored
Hardik Pandya said that we know what a great player he is. At one time it seemed that Chennai would score 220 or 230 runs. We were having trouble bowling to him. I was feeling that we would not be able to get him out. Regarding the team’s performance, he said that we were in trouble after the fall of my and Shubman Gill’s wickets, but Rahul Tewatia once again proved his worth and Rashid showed what he can do. Rashid is consistently performing well for the team with both ball and bat.
Dhoni’s game was spoiled by a 21-year-old player, he was out of the team, yet came out to bat and played a trick
This is Gujarat Titans’ third consecutive win over Chennai Super Kings in IPL. Last season, Pandya’s team was successful in winning both the matches against Dhoni. The team of Titans will now face Delhi on 4th April. At the same time, CSK has to face Lucknow Super Giants on 3 April.
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Tags: Hardik Pandya, IPL, IPL 2023, Ruturaj Gaikwad
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 01, 2023, 15:13 IST