Former India player Aakash Chopra has applauded Ruturaj Gaikwad for his outstanding knock for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). He stated that the 24-year-old batsman will be a huge asset for India as well.
Notably, Gaikwad smashed an unbeaten 101 off 60 deliveries in their last game of the IPL 2021 against RR. However, his knock went in vain as RR successfully chased down the 190-run target to register their fifth win in the cash-rich league as well.
While reflecting on his knock in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “The Indian Premier League provides a stage for talent. Ruturaj Gaikwad is CSK’s today and there is no doubt that he will become Team India’s tomorrow because this guy has special qualities. He is absolutely sensational, I want to see him playing for India.”
Best Knock Of IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra
Chopra continued: “It’s really sad that the team could not win despite his century but he started with a four – straight drive and finished with a 107m six. I mean you couldn’t have asked anything more from Ruturaj, he has done everything.”
However, Ruturaj Gaikwad has played two T20Is for Team India during their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka recently. And, Aakash Chopra named Ruturaj Gaikwad’s knock as one of the best in IPL 2021 as well.
He explained: “The knock Ruturaj played, we saw Devdutt Padikaal and Buttler’s hundreds but this century was of a different class altogether. He had scored 22-23 runs in the first 25 balls, he was going at a strike rate of 96 but after that the way he demolished the opposition.”
The unbeaten 101 of Ruturaj Gaikwad was included with nine fours and five sixes.
“There are so many things about him that I like a lot. The way he plays, he first chooses where to hit a six, plays with a straight bat. He hits sixes and fours but if the ball cannot be hit for a four, he quietly takes a single to go to the other end. His skills are absolutely astonishingly wonderful and his temperament is top class along with it,” Aakash Chopra concluded.