Chennai Super Kings, known as the army of old men, once again showed great performance in the IPL and won the title of the 2021 season.
Chennai Super Kings won the title of IPL 2021. The team has become the IPL champion for the fourth time. A big contribution to his success this season was a young player. A player who had a bad start in the IPL. But then the bat went such that the bowlers’ evening came. This cricketer was seen for the first time in IPL 2020 and in IPL 2021 he made his mark. This young star shone brightly in Chennai Super Kings, called Dad’s Army. The name of this player is Rituraj Gaikwad.
In IPL 2021, Rituraj Gaikwad played 16 matches and scored 635 runs. He was the highest run-scorer and deserved the Orange Cap. In his second season, this player won the Orange Cap. Gaikwad, who hails from Maharashtra, was added by CSK to his base price of Rs 20 lakh. He became a part of the team before IPL 2019. He did not get a chance to play in the first season. This made them upset. He had talked to his personal coach about this and said that he is facing problems due to not getting the opportunity. But the coach said that now is the time to watch and learn. Then do your work whenever you get a chance. Gaikwad has now done this.
During IPL 2020, he came out to bat for CSK for the first time. But in the first three matches, 0,5,0 runs were scored, but in the last three matches, Rituraj Gaikwad scored three consecutive half-centuries. Through this, he confirmed his place in the team. Rituraj Gaikwad joined Verok Vengsarkar Academy in Pimpri Chinchwad at the age of 13. Here he used to keep a daily diary. In this, he used to write whatever instructions he got from the coach. Rituraj Gaikwad’s father Dashrath used to work in the Defense Research and Development Organization. His mother is a teacher. In such a situation, a lot of attention is paid to education and writing in his family. But Rituraj chose cricket instead of studies.
When Rituraj Gaikwad was 13, he failed in two matches before getting selected in the Under-14 camp. Before these matches, he had scored seven centuries. But the runs were not scored before the selection. It broke them. They started crying in the dressing room. But in the next match he scored 182 runs and after that he did not look back. Rituraj has always emphasized on scoring runs in important matches. He believes that it is important to score runs when it is needed. Then he played many amazing innings for India A and Maharashtra and won accolades.
During IPL 2021, Rituraj Gaikwad hit a wonderful shot off Jasprit Bumrah. In the first match of the second half, he sent the ball for six runs by keeping one knee on the ground. This shot was highly praised and received a lot of praise on social media. However, Rituraj did not pay much attention to the shot. In this regard, his friend Naushad Sheikh told The Indian Express that this shot is Gaikwad’s favorite and plays a lot. Later Gaikwad called him and asked what shot he had shot.