Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 101 not out off just 60 balls for the Chennai Super Kings in their clash with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL
India legend Virender Sehwag has claimed it is only a “matter of time” before Ruturaj Gaikwad “dominates world cricket” after the 24-year-old scored his first ever century in the Indian Premier League.
Gaikwad smashed 101 not out off just 60 balls for the Chennai Super Kings in their clash with Rajasthan Royals, reaching three figures with a massive six off the final ball of the innings.
Gaikwad is having an excellent IPL, with this knock taking him above KL Rahul as the competition’s leading run scorer.
In 12 innings, he has smashed 508 runs at an average of 50.80 and a strike rate of 140.33.
And Sehwag, a destructive opener himself during his prime, has tipped Gaikwad for stardom, tweeting: “Remember the name. #RuturajGaikwad.
“Special player, made for greater things. Matter of time before he dominates World Cricket. #CSKvsRR”
Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan simply tweeted: “Wow just wow. #RuturajGaikwad”
Ex-India opener Aakash Chopra added: “Ruturaj is a special player…a very special player. Incredible talent. And temperament. #CSK #RRvCSK”
The six off the final ball which saw him reach his hundred was also the biggest six that there has been in this year’s IPL, with Gaikwad’s 108m strike overtaking Kieron Pollard’s 105m hit.
Speaking to Star Sports after his innings, Gaikwad explained that the secret behind his big hitting was simply a desire to “time the ball”.
He said: “I think the wicket was holding a bit initially, the fast bowlers were bowling really well.
“The plan was if I could bat till 13-14 overs, I could capitalise later.
“I’m looking to just time the ball and hold my shape, I wasn’t looking to hit big. We were looking for 160, then I thought 170, then why not 180, and finally we got 190.
“I timed the ball really well, the short boundary on the leg side meant I knew it was six off the last ball.”