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Gavaskar lauds Gaikwad's 'debut as a captain'

Last updated on: March 23, 2024 14:38 IST

Ruturaj Gaikwad

IMAGE: Chennai Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad bats during the opening match of IPL 2024 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in Chennai on Friday. Photograph: BCCI

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar was mighty impressed with Chennai Super Kings's new captain Ruturaj Gaikwad and lauded him for the way he maneuvered his bowlers during the IPL 2024 opener against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, in Chennai, on Friday.

Handed the leadership role just days before the start of this IPL season, Gaikwad had big shoes to fill, but made an impressive start under the tutelage of talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, guiding CSK to a six-wicket win over RCB.


"Absolutely! Your debut as a captain becomes very important. You want to begin your captaincy career well with a win and that's exactly what happened. What was impressive was his bowling changes," the former India skipper told Star Sports.

"Because when you saw the way he kept on changing Mustafizur, the way he used Mustafizur was absolutely terrific. He kept swapping Deepak Chahar, keeping faith in Tushar Deshpande for that final over.

"I think seeing that Tushar Deshpande had been taken for 25, there was an opportunity to use another bowler, but he still stuck to Tushar Deshpande, and Deshpande responded with a brilliant final over. So, yes, I think the captaincy was most impressive."

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman produced a superb show, returning his best IPL figures, 4/29, which rattled RCB's top-order before they managed 173 for 6.

Gavaskar also felt the presence of Dhoni made a big difference.

"And we see over here, he has, of course, MS Dhoni around him, to guide him, tell him and give him the encouragement. Sometimes, that little nod from somebody as experienced and as accomplished as MSD, makes a big difference."

Gavaskar was of the view that RCB kept bowling the short ball far too many times even though it wasn't working.

"Yes, try the short ball by all means, but when it wasn't working ... it looked like that's all they were looking to do. You had somebody like a (Mayank) Dagar, who had bowled 2 overs for 6 six runs. I know the way the left-hand spinner can be picked for 6, but you got to take a chance," he said.

"All that they did… (Alzarri) Joseph, (Cameron) Green, (Mohammed) Siraj, everybody go in short. What was happening was that if you don't get the bouncer right, you are going to give it a wide, which means you're giving an extra run, you are going to bowl an extra delivery.

"So, your bouncer has to be very accurate, and it wasn't. That one-dimensional tactic was really disappointing."

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