Gavaskar praises Ruturaj for ‘impressive’ bowling changes

Written by Toshi Pawar

Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was left impressed with Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captaincy, with particular praise towards how the youngster handled the bowlers on Friday. Gaikwad led CSK to a six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) to begin the IPL 2024 season on a positive note. Gaikwad was only handed CSK captaincy just a day before the season opener in Chennai.

“Absolutely! Your debut as a captain becomes very important. You want to begin your captaincy career well with a win and that’s exactly what happened. What was impressive was his bowling changes,” the former India skipper told Star Sports.

“Because when you saw the way he kept on changing Mustafizur; the way he used Mustafizur was absolutely terrific. He kept swapping Deepak Chahar, keeping faith in Tushar Deshpande for that final over.

“I think seeing that Tushar Deshpande had been taken for 25, there was an opportunity to use another bowler, but he still stuck to Tushar Deshpande, and Deshpande responded with a brilliant final over. So, yes, I think the captaincy was most impressive.”

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