In 2007, cricketer Yuvraj Singh took the cricketing world by storm when he smashed six sixes in a single over off English bowler Stuart Broad.
Now, think about hitting seven sixes in a single over.
That’s precisely what 25-year-old cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad did just a few weeks in the past, representing Maharashtra within the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In a world report feat, the batsman – who additionally represents the Chennai Tremendous Kings franchise within the IPL – scored a whopping 43 runs in a single over.
Was it mind-boggling? “Sure, that’s the fitting phrase,” says Ruturaj, throughout a dialog at Chennai’s Mount Highway Social just lately, “I really feel particular. I used to be fairly busy with the opposite matches, so I simply haven’t had an opportunity to look at it once more and relive it, however I’m grateful for all of the love and appreciation that it obtained me. I realise I’ve carried out one thing particular – which I’ve not dreamt of in any respect – and it’s overwhelming.”
He may belong to the classical league of batsmen, however Ruturaj has proved in current occasions that he generally is a big-hitter as properly. “Six-hitting is a tough ability; that’s why there’s extra demand for finishers on this period. It’s a kind of issues the place for those who execute it properly, you’ll be praised, else you’ll come beneath scrutiny. It’s important to be assured in the best way you strategy it, and practise all through the low season,” he explains.
Regardless of enjoying for Maharashtra within the native cricketing circuit, Ruturaj is kind of a preferred identify in Chennai as properly: since 2018, he has been with the Chennai Tremendous Kings and was, in actual fact, among the many three gamers retained by the franchise together with MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja forward of final yr’s IPL auctions. His tryst with Chennai has not solely resulted in a newfound love for the podi dosa and a fascination for actor Rajinikanth, with whom he’s conversed a few occasions, but in addition a number of new learnings as a cricketer. “Because of my time right here, I noticed the issues that worldwide gamers who’ve had a variety of success observe. There was numerous safety once I performed for this franchise; I might have the ability to carry out freely and never come beneath stress.”
So, what’s the secret behind this vastly common and profitable franchise? Ruturaj causes, “It stands out as a result of there’s not one man or group speaking negatively about you. Everybody, from the coach to the assist workers, are all the time backing you and exhibiting religion in your skills. They see solely the positives and never the negatives.”
After all, one of many different causes that Ruturaj – or Rutu, as he’s fondly known as – loves the franchise is as a result of presence of MS Dhoni. For Ruturaj, the truth that his cricketing idol mentors him on the sector and indulges in a ps sport off the sector is the stuff of desires. “I can proudly say that it [my relationship with Dhoni] has grown so much. We largely have a dialog concerning the match within the staff bus publish an IPL sport. He has all the time been welcoming anybody from the staff to his lodge room to debate issues, not nearly cricket but in addition different points.”
What’s that one greatest lesson he has learnt from Dhoni? “He all the time emphasises on is to remain impartial as a lot as doable, and never have an up and down graph throughout success or failure. He additionally encourages us to play with freedom and lays particular emphasis on the break day cricket.”
Up subsequent, Ruturaj will likely be busy with the Ranji Trophy and can be wanting ahead to persevering with his wealthy kind with the lads in yellow for the subsequent season of IPL. “Each time I put on the yellow jersey, it comes with a variety of duty, as a number of nice cricketers have represented this franchise.”