Former Australian Spinner Brad Hogg has made a massive prediction on CSK’s opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, saying that the star opener will be opening for India in the test matches in the near future. According to Hogg, the CSK opener has got the ability to achieve laurels in the longest format of cricket.
Ruturaj Gaikwad had an exemplary stint during the IPL 2021. By opening the innings for CSK he has amassed 603 runs in just 15 matches at a strike rate of 137.35. While marching into the final of the IPL 2021 against KKR, he just requires 24 runs to surpass KL Rahul & claim the Orange Cap for this season of IPL.
Speaking about Gaikwad on his youtube channel, Hogg heaped praise on Gaikwad & said that surely he has a bright future as a test opener. “Gaikwad is really rising in stature. It won’t be too long before, I think, we will see him opening at the Test level. I think he has got the technique for it”, said Gaikwad.
Gaikwad has registered his maiden IPL century against RR when he smashed 101 runs off 60 balls. Gaikwad was also named as the Player of the Match in Qualifier 1 where he finished with 50 balls 70 runs to help CSK chase a mammoth target of 173 runs. Riding on the back of Gaikwad’s blistering 70, CSK marched into the final of IPL 2021.
IPL 2021 final: “It’s going to be a battle between the openers”, says Brad Hogg
The ‘Yellove Army’ is looking ahead to deliver a brilliant performance in the IPL 2021 final against KKR today at the grounds of Dubai International Cricket Stadium. CSK has great hopes with its opener Ruturaj Gaikwad to step up & deliver another match-winning performance in today’s mega clash against KKR. The opening stand of Plessis-Ruturaj has been a vital aspect of CSK’s success in this year’s IPL.
Previewing the much-awaited final in Dubai, Hogg said that the result of the mega clash would depend on how the two openers of two teams perform in the power play. He also put light on the performances of Venkatesh Iyer & Shubman Gill who have also performed exceptionally well in this season of IPL.
“It’s going to be a battle between the openers. Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have been carrying CSK throughout this whole tournament. For KKR, Gill and Venkatesh Iyer have been awesome. Venkatesh Iyer has crept up the ladder of leading run-getters and he has only played in the UAE. He has been the big find of the tournament and has turned it around for KKR. Whoever dominates the powerplay between these two teams will end up winning the game for their team”, added Brad Hogg.
Venkatesh Iyer has scored 320 runs in nine IPL matches at a strike rate of 125 while Gill has smashed 427 runs from 16 matches at a strike rate of 118.94.
With two of the best teams of the league marching into the summit clash with the best of players in their line-up, you can surely expect a nerve-freezing contest today at the grounds of Dubai.
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