Ruturaj Gaikwad Shatters KL Rahul’s Record To Claim Huge IPL Milestone


Mumbai (Maharashtra):

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opening batsman and captain Ruturaj Gaikwad on Sunday completed 2,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), becoming only the fourth player from his franchise to do so. The 27-year-old achieved the feat against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Gaikwad played perhaps his most fluent innings of the season, scoring 69 runs in 40 balls. His innings was decorated with five fours and five brilliant sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of 172.50. Gaikwad has scored 2,021 runs in 58 IPL matches at an average of 39.62 and strike rate of 134.91. He has scored one century and 16 half-centuries in 57 innings, with his best score being 101*. He is the fourth-highest run-scorer for CSK in the IPL behind Faf du Plessis (2,721 runs in 92 matches), MS Dhoni (4,547 runs in 226 matches) and Suresh Raina (4,687 runs in 176 matches).

He is the fastest Indian to reach the milestone in just 57 innings and the third fastest Indian behind Chris Gayle (48 innings) and Shaun Marsh (52 innings).

Gaikwad's best season with CSK, a franchise he has represented since his debut in 2020, was the 2021 season. That season, he scored 635 runs in 16 matches at an average of 45.35 and a strike rate of 136.26, which included one century and four fifties. He also won the 'Orange Cap' for most runs and his fifth IPL title for the 'Men in Yellow'.

This season, Gaikwad has so far scored 224 runs in six matches at an average of 44.80 and a strike rate of over 130 with two half-centuries. His best score is 69, making him the seventh-highest run-scorer this season.

Talking about the match, MI won the toss and gave CSK a chance to bat first.

Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Rachin Ravindra (21 from 16 balls, with the help of two fours and a six) could not make much impact, Gaikwad (69 from 40 balls, with the help of five fours and five sixes) and Shivam Dubey (38 Made a partnership of 90 runs with the help of 66*) balls, 10 fours and two sixes. Later, during the final over, MS Dhoni (20* in four balls) came in and hit a hat-trick of sixes taking CSK to 206/4 in 20 overs.

Hardik Pandya (2/43) was the bowler of choice for MI. Shreyas Gopal and Gerald Coetzee got one wicket each.

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