'Remember the name': Twitterati hail 'special player' Ruturaj Gaikwad's scintillating 101 not out

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Updated: Oct 02, 2021, 10:37 PM(IST)

Abu Dhabi: Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Super Kings raises his bat after scoring a hundred during match 47 of the Indian Premier League between the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Sportzpics for IPL/PTI Photo Photograph:( PTI )

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Overall, Ruturaj Gaikwad knock included nine fours and five sixes after CSK were asked to bat first. Ravindra Jadeja contributed 32 off just 15 balls while Faf du Plessis made 25

What a century! What a knock!

Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed a magnificent ton to guide Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 189 for four against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League 2021 match on Saturday (October 2). 

Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 101 off 60 balls and completed his ton by hitting a sixer on the last ball as the 24-year-old became the youngest centurion for CSK in the history of the IPL. 

Overall, his knock included nine fours and five sixes after CSK were asked to bat first. Ravindra Jadeja contributed 32 off just 15 balls while Faf du Plessis made 25. 

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During the innings break, Ruturaj opened up about his knock, he said, "The wicket was holding up a bit initially, they started off well in the powerplay. My plan was to bat till the 13th or 14th over, so that I could capitalize on it later. I'm just looking to time the ball and maintain my shape."

"At the end of the day the team score matters. Individual score doesn't matter, unless and until your team is winning. We were looking for 160, then I thought 170, 180 and finally we got 190," he added.

On his last ball sixer, the batter said, "I had timed that ball well and it was the shorter boundary, so I knew it was going to be a six. We need to bowl well and execute our plans."

Watch his last ball sixer here:

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Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag predicted that Ruturaj might dominate world cricket in the future."Remember the name.#RuturajGaikwad. Special player, made for greater things. Matter of time before he dominates World Cricket. #CSKvsRR," Sehwag tweeted.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted, "Ruturaj. What a knock and what a player#csk." 

Delhi Capitals assistant coach lauded Ruturaj for the "self-belief" the opening batsman displayed against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday."Ruturaj shows that self belief can make you a game-changer without changing your game. @Ruutu1331#CSKvsRR," Kaif tweeted.

Here's how the Twitterati reacted to his century:

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For RR, Rahul Tewatia was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/39.

Brief Scores:
Chennai Super Kings: 189 for 4 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 101 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 32 not out; Rahul Tewatia 3/39).

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