'People will now realize why we have high regard for him' - Stephen Fleming lavishes praise on Ruturaj Gaikwad after his century against RR

Stephen Fleming stated that the CSK side will celebrate Ruturaj Gaikwad’s performance even though it came in a losing cause.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Ruturaj Gaikwad hogged the spotlight in the match between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The CSK opening batsman scored a magnificent 101* off just 60 deliveries and helped the MS Dhoni-led outfit post a total of 189/4 on the board.

And now, the Head Coach of the CSK side, Stephen Fleming has termed Gaikwad’s knock as a magnificent one. Adding that the performance from Gaikwad was one of high class, Fleming stated that the CSK side will celebrate Gaikwad’s performance even though it came in a losing cause.

Fleming also added that the expectations from Gaikwad have always been high, and now the others have started to realize the potential that the 24-year-old possesses.

“It was a magnificent innings. It is not often that you have a centurion in your side and you come away with a loss. We will be a bit flat around that but the team will celebrate an individual performance that was of high class.

It’s another continuation of the young man’s journey. Our expectations have always been very high. Others are just starting to realize why we have such high regard for him. We are really proud of him and are really pleased with his progress. The way he is playing is outstanding,” said Fleming after the match.

I did not dream of scoring a century: Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad said that he did not dream of scoring a century, and added that he would have loved to end up on the winning side. Gaikwad concluded by stating that he learnt about the hard work that needs to be put in when he was not a part of the CSK playing XI.

“Didn’t dream of a 100, aim was to make sure we get to 160-170. Would’ve loved to be on the winning side, maybe next time. My selection in CSK in 2019 when I didn’t get a chance, being in the dressing room, I got to learn a lot. Got to know routines, hard work needed, work to put in. That was a good learning curve,” concluded Ruturaj Gaikwad.