Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has recalled skipper MS Dhoni’s comforting words after he didn’t do well in his first three games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. He said Dhoni’s words after the third game freed him up.
Gaikwad was dismissed for cheap in his first three outings before scoring 65 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), 72 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and 62 not out against Kings XI Punjab (renamed Punjab Kings).
“Dhoni told me to enjoy my cricket and not think about the result… just enjoy the atmosphere, be calm, and once I got my eye in he was confident that I’d be able to make an impact,” Ruturaj was quoted as saying by the CSK website.
“I think it was a good reminder for me because all I was looking for was the result and not thinking about the process. So it helped me a lot coming from him,” the Maharashtra batsman added.
On being asked about the upcoming season the IPL, which starts on April 9, Ruturaj said: “No pressure at all”. Gaikwad, who is with Dhoni and the rest of the squad for the pre-season camp, said he got to learn important lessons from the former Team India skipper.
“One of the important lessons I learnt from Dhoni is that there will be good and bad days in cricket, as in life, but what really matters is how honest you are to yourself, stay neutral in both situations and accept the fact that everyday won’t be your day. But whenever it’s your day it’s important to try and make it count,” he concluded.
CSK will play their opening game against the Delhi Capitals on April 10 in Mumbai.