IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad is new Mr Cool for Chennai Super Kings; Fleming astonished!

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For
CSK,
Gaikwad
had
played
an
unbeaten
innings
of
88
runs
as
the
MS
Dhoni-led
outfit
posted
156/6
in
the
allotted
20
overs
after
being
24/4
inside
the
powerplay.

“Yeah,
it
was
very
special.
We
have
had
tabs
on
him
since
some
time.
Even
last
time
we
were
here,
we
rushed
him
back
given
the
shape
he
was
in
from
COVID-19
because
that’s
how
much
regard
and
respect
we
have
for
his
ability.

‘The
way
he
finished
off
the
IPL
last
year
in
Dubai
set
him
up
for
the
first
part
in
India
and
innings
against
Mumbai
Indians
was
really
special,”
said
Fleming
during
a
virtual
press
post-match
conference.

“When
you
are
the
one
to
give
your
team
a
chance,
that
is
even
more
special
so
the
way
he
went
about
his
work
and
absorbed
pressure,
it
was
really
down
to
his
hand
that
we
were
able
to
create
pressure
so
it
was
a
remarkable
innings
really,”
he
added.

When
asked
about
the
fitness
update
on
Ambati
Rayudu
and
Deepak
Chahar,
Fleming
said:
“Rayudu’s
X-Ray
was
clear,
it
was
just
a
bad
bruise
at
that
stage
and
he
lost
little
bit
of
grip.
We
feared
that
it
might
be
broken
but
there
is
good
news.

Deepak
Chahar
was
a
cramp,
we
will
check
that,
fingers
crossed,
they
both
will
come
through
reasonably
okay.”

Talking
about
the
batting
depth,
Fleming
said:
“We
are
a
little
bit
spoilt
to
have
Dwayne
Bravo
at
number
eight
and
Shardul
Thakur
at
nine.
It
is
not
by
accident,
but
we
have
designed
it
that
way
so
that
we
could
keep
a
faster
tempo.
It
is
good
to
have
the
depth
and
quality
of
batsmanship
way
down
to
number
nine.”

For
CSK,
Dwayne
Bravo
scalped
three
wickets
and
Deepak
Chahar
took
two.
For
Mumbai
Indians,
Saurabh
Tiwary
was
the
highest
scorer
after
playing
a
knock
of
50
runs.

With
this
win,
Chennai
Super
Kings
went
to
the
top
of
the
IPL
2021
table
with
12
points
while
Mumbai
is
now
in
danger
of
falling
outside
the
top
4
if
they
get
on
a
losing
streak.
They
have
8
points
from
as
many
games.

The
CSK
will
next
lock
horns
against
Royal
Challengers
Bangalore
(RCB)
on
Friday
and
a
win
will
push
them
almost
into
the
knockout
phase.

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