Gaikwad’s unbeaten century went in vain as CSK suffered a defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR) here at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday. However, the right-handed CSK batter is the Orange Cap holder for now in the ongoing season.
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“It was a slow wicket at the start and slightly damp. As the game progressed, it got better. It was important for one of the batters to stay till the 14th or 15th over. I didn’t manage to do it in the last few games, thankfully it happened today,” Gaikwad told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“I am working on timing the ball really well and trying to maintain my shape. It has worked for me for many years. Right from when I started playing cricket, I have relied on timing.”
“(After) My selection in the CSK team in 2019, where I didn’t get a chance to play, being in the dressing room I got to learn a lot. I got to know some routines, I got to know what hard work to go through. It was a very good learning curve for me…
About getting to the hundred off the last ball of the CSK innings, Gaikwad said. “It was a dream, started really slow, didn’t dream of getting a hundred, aim was to get to a total of maybe 160-170. I like it (Orange Cap) but I would have loved to be on the winning side,” he added.
Dube and Yashasvi Jaiswal played knocks of 64 and 50, respectively, as RR chased down the target of 190 with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.
CSK will next square off against Delhi Capitals on Monday at the Dubai International Stadium.