Ruturaj Gaikwad was the Orange Cap winner in the last season of the IPL.© BCCI / IPL
As defending and four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the opening match of the IPL 2022 on March 26, all eyes will be on some of the home-grown players who impressed everyone with their performances and maturity. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes CSK duo Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad will play key roles in the team’s campaign in the 15th edition of the event which will be played at four venues in Maharashtra – Wankhede, Barbourne, DY Patil and MCA Stadium in Pune.
Speaking about the leading run-scorer in the last issue, Sunil Gavaskar during a ‘Gameplan’ episode broadcast on Star Sports, said: “Ruturaj Gaikwad is another player who has very few areas to improve. There is nothing “really needed in terms of Gaikwad’s improvement. He got all the shots in the book, but the most impressive aspect is his shot selection. Whatever shot he plays, he is not dismantled.”
“He’s not afraid to play the high shot when required and his shot choice was very good in the IPL. So, there is very little Ruturaj Gaikwad has to do. All he has to do is keep going. to score runs similar to last season, ”Gavaskar added.
Former India opening batsman Aakash Chopra has put his money on Venkatesh Iyer to give KKR an explosive start to his devastating batting.
“For Team India he was in the team that played a completely different role than a versatile batsman and played the role of a finisher, which in my opinion is a very difficult thing to do. But for KKR this season I see him play the role of an explosive opener, ”said Chopra.
“If you look at the second half of the last IPL, no one really expected him to do what he did. The terrain in Maharashtra is very conducive to stroke and he will look to offer KKR the kind of start that they should expect him to give, ”he added.
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