Hardik Pandya was seen praising the one who beat him fiercely, said – this is a diamond

Ahmedabad: Chennai Super Kings’ Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 92 in the IPL opener against Gujarat Titans may have gone in vain but opposition captain Hardik Pandya heaped praise on him, saying he would do wonders for Indian cricket. Gaikwad hit four fours and nine sixes in his 50-ball innings to take Chennai Super Kings to 178 for seven. The Titans, however, chased down the target with four balls to spare. Pandya said, ‘He played some shots which were excellent. If he keeps playing like this, he will do wonders for Indian cricket. The Indian cricket team will be with him when the time comes. Since making his debut in July 2021, Gaikwad has scored 135 runs in 9 T20 Internationals.

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Pandya said, ‘We know what a great player he is. There was a time that Chennai would score 220 or 230 runs. We were having trouble bowling to him. I was feeling that we would not be able to get him out. Talking about his team’s performance, he said, “The wickets of me and Shubman Gill got us into trouble but Rahul Tewatia once again proved his worth and Rashid showed what he can do.”

It is noteworthy that Ruturaj Gaikwad hit 2 sixes and 2 fours during Hardik Pandya’s innings. Both his sixes came in the 7th over. At that time the ball was going airborne for 6 runs as soon as it hit Ruturaj’s bat. Once it seemed that he would complete the century, but at the last moment he was dismissed for a personal score of 91 runs. Had it not been for his innings, the condition of Chennai Super Kings would have been worse. He was the only batsman who scored a half century.
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