SRH vs CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad became the joint fastest Indian to score 1,000 IPL runs.© BCCI/IPL
After a poor start to the season, Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to form during Chennai Super Kings’ game against SunRisers Hyderabad at MCA Stadium in Pune. Gaikwad crushed a brilliant 99, while CSK scored a total of 202 for two in 20 overs. During his knockout against SRH, Ruturaj completed 1,000 runs in the IPL. It took Gaikwad just 31 innings to reach the milestone, the joint fastest Indian to do so. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who plied his trade for the Mumbai Indians, also took 31 innings to deliver the feat.
Fastest to reach 1,000 IPL runs (Indians)
Sachin Tendulkar – 31
Ruturaj Gaikwad – 31
Suresh Raina – 34
Devdutt Padikkal – 35
Rishabh Pants – 35
Gaikwad missed his second IPL ton, as he was fired by T Natarajan at 99.
Gaikwad, who made his debut for CSK during IPL 2020, won the orange cap last season after 635 runs at an average of 45.35.
On the eve of the game against SRH, CSK announced that MS Dhoni will once again lead the team after Ravindra Jadeja decided to relinquish his captaincy.
Jadeja, who was named captain of CSK three days before the start of the current season, is going through a dip in form.
So far, Jadeja has scored 112 runs in eight games with an average of 22.40 and a strike rate of 121.74. With the ball, he has taken just five wickets in eight games against an economy of 8.19 RPO.
CSK is currently ninth in the standings with four points.
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