Ruturaj Gaikwad showed up at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with all the guns blazing against Rajasthan Royals to pick up his first T20 hundred from just 60 balls. Over the innings, the 24-year-old also became the first player of the 2021 IPL season to break the 500-point mark.
Gaikwad, whose innings was made up of 9 fours and 5 sixes, stranded at 95 with an over left in the innings. After breaking two fours and a six of the first three balls, Ravindra Jadeja singled on the fourth pitch of the final to give Gaikwad the attack. Mustafizur Rahman brought in all his experience and threw a short delivery to leave Gaikwad with a daunting task of getting a six from the last delivery to reach the milestone. But the opener kept his cool and sent the final pitch over the mid-wicket line to send his teammates and fans into a frenzy.
Overall, Ruturaj Gaikwad is the fourth batsman after RR’s Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler, and RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal to hit a hundred in the current season. The Hundred is also Gaikwad’s very first in the format. The right-hander is now the youngest (24 years 244 days) cenurion of the Yellow Army.
Earlier, after being asked to hit first, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis gave the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) another good start, with a 47-run partnership on 41 balls. Suresh Raina (3) left cheaply, but Gaikwad joined forces with Moeen Ali to make Rajasthan Royals (RR) run from scratch. The duo’s right-left combination teamed up for 57 runs in just 6 overs to bring their team’s total to 100.
Later, Ravindra Jadeja scored a quick 15-ball 32 not out as CSK, who had already qualified for the playoffs, finished in 189/4 – the highest total at the venue in the 14th edition of IPL.
Absolute blockbuster by Ruturaj Gaikwad! Eeeeeeeee!!!
— Sardar Khan (@SardarK07004661) October 2, 2021
Man with a future!
He is beauty!
— Dhanus Kumar (@editor_dhanus) October 2, 2021
— Dev Kumar 德伟 (@be_devkumar) October 2, 2021
BCCI should look into that! :NS
— Facts Wing? (@ein_scofield) October 2, 2021
What an innings he has! WOW!
— chandu (@cmouli2502) October 2, 2021
Gaikwad plays IPL next level.
Meet the new orange cap holder Ruturaj Gaikwad ? pic.twitter.com/i5p9OctFkk
— DIPTI MSDIAN (@Diptiranjan_7) October 2, 2021
That’s Ruturaj Gaikwad for you!
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s last 8 innings in UAE IPL:-
All 30+ scores, five 50+ scores in 8 innings. #CSKvRR
— Mehul™ ? (@CricMehul) October 2, 2021
He deserves it!
— DHONI Trends™ ? (@TrendsDhoni) October 2, 2021
— DURGENDRA RATHORE (@Baeblu41) October 2, 2021
We will! Big question..
— MASTER BARATH? (@barathraina56) October 2, 2021
— Vijith Bhargav (@vijithbhargav) October 2, 2021
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