The opener of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is a part of Team India which will take on Sri Lanka in the ODIs and T20Is.

Ruturaj Gaikwad has been impressive in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The opener of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is a part of Team India which will take on Sri Lanka in the ODIs and T20Is. On the tour of Sri Lanka, he will utilise the tips given by MS Dhoni.

After struggling in the initial phase of the 13 edition of the Indian Premier League, he did well in the final three games of the season. He has cemented his spot in the top order alongside Faf du Plessis. While he was nervous in the first few matches of his IPL career, the important words of MS Dhoni and Faf Du Plessis kept him going.

“Whenever I come back from the nets if he is around, he tells me what my flaws are and suggests solutions. Mahi Bhai’s words encourage me a lot. I got a lot of batting tips from Mahi Bhai and Faf and I am going to apply those on the Sri Lanka tour. Faf doesn’t speak much on the field. If I play a good shot, he will give a reaction. He comes, gives a fist pump. But after the match, he will ask several questions like how did I play that shot, etc. It’s fun to bat with him in the middle,” Gaikwad told TimesofIndia.com.

Dhoni told him to enjoy his game. “Mahi Bhai emphasizes more and more on being relaxed and staying calm while batting. He always tells me ‘Tu enjoy kar game ko, pressure mat le, aur naturally khel (Just enjoy your game, don’t take the pressure and play naturally). There will be a lot of things and talk that will happen around you when you play, just don’t bother about those, just focus on your game.”

He is expected to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan but the player is open to playing in the middle-order.

“I want to take it one game at a time. If Shikhar Bhai asks me to open, I will. If he asks me to play in the middle order, I will be ready. I am ready to bat in any position. We just want to win the series in Sri Lanka. I am confident we will.” Ruturaj said.

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