November 30, 2022

Ruturaj Gaikwad keen to play for CSK in front of passionate fans at Chepauk stadium | Cricket News


CHENNAI: Indian batter Ruturaj Gaikwad can’t wait to go back to Chepauk stadium and play there for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, a venue the place it began for him.
Since COVID-19, IPL had to proceed with out its same old home-and-away structure, going down at the back of closed doorways in UAE in 2020. In 2021, it was once suspended halfway due to the pandemic and shifted to UAE as soon as once more. In 2022, 74 fits had been held throughout Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) believes that the event will return to its customary domestic and away structure subsequent 12 months, this means that CSK may additionally make its go back to its castle.
Gaikwad has been in Chennai for the closing week or so, the place he represented India A towards New Zealand A. He had a forged day trip for India A, scoring 228 runs in 4 innings in Test, together with a century and fifty. In the white-ball collection that adopted, he scored 71 throughout two fits, with the most efficient rating of 41. India clinched each the Test and ODI collection.
While Gaikwad has been a component of CSK since 2019, he best were given to play for the aspect in 2020 and nonetheless has now not skilled the joys of enjoying in front of a roaring, all-yellow domestic crowd in Chepauk stadium.
“I had seen the atmosphere, I had seen the electrifying noise. I have experienced everything. So, obviously that was going on in mind when I would practise for two days [with India A in Chennai]. I was imagining the crowd and CSK entering the stadium. So actually, I am just waiting for the moment. But the first time when I played here was actually special because I feel this is the place where I started my journey. Coming to CSK and getting to learn a lot of things, getting to know the first experience of what it is at the higher level. So this is the place where it all started,” ESPNCricinfo quoted the batter as pronouncing in a video posted by way of the IPL franchise.
Super Kings is not just a highly-popular aspect due to fans in Chepauk, but it surely has additionally exploited the spin-friendly pitches right here. The aspect shall be taking a look ahead to doing the similar subsequent 12 months when the league kicks off once more.
Pacer Shardul Thakur, who additionally represented India A in the collection, was once additionally hit by way of nostalgia. Having represented the franchise for 4 seasons, he was once picked up by way of Delhi Capitals in the 2022 IPL public sale. He signed off from the crew as their main wicket-taker in the 2021 season.
“It feels really great, I mean, the moment I entered the stadium, it felt all nostalgic. Yes, I have had my times with CSK, I have played a few games here, but even before that, I have played Ranji [Trophy] games. 2010 was my first game here in Chepauk. The stadium and the ground have changed a lot since then but I would say the weather is still the same. [It is an] amazing experience, I would always look forward to playing in Chepauk whenever there is an opportunity,” stated Shardul.
The Chennai crowd was once additionally very welcoming to India A crew. The first ODI had round 200 spectators, however as days went by way of, the quantity grew to 2,000 seeing some of India’s brightest stars pulling off a blank sweep, cheering each time Shardul picked up a wicket, chanting “CSK” “CSK” at each piece of excellent fielding or duvet power by way of Gaikwad.
“Obviously, I have known him for quite a few years. Thakur said about Gaikwad. “I in reality have in mind somebody telling me about him in 2017. Then, I noticed him doing neatly in the home circuit after which India A, after which he got here into the CSK set-up. Seeing him accomplish that neatly, and when he were given his actual alternative, I imply when he performed a complete season in the IPL, he straightaway made a mark [scoring 635 runs in 16 innings]. He had performed a couple of video games in 2020 however he performed a pair of video games in the center order and opened in one of the video games.”
“It was once now not an excessively sort stint in opposition to him. But, in 2021, he made a mark from sport one until the finals. He was once the highest performer of CSK, and he in reality delivered to everybody’s expectancies. It is excellent to see when a young person comes and delivers for the crew and straightaway makes the mark in lifting the trophy I might say – now not best in the league section or knockouts however to carry the trophy,” Thakur concluded.