Sandeep Chavan, coach of Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, said that he had advised this young player to start the innings seven years ago. The Maharashtra player was also praised by his Indian Premier League franchise captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He scored three man-of-the-match scores in three consecutive innings.
Chavan said, “He was our apprentice at Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. I think then he was 16 years old and used to bat in the middle order, representing Maharashtra at the junior level. “He said,” I remember I advised Ruturaj to open the innings in a club match and said This will benefit them in the future. “
Chavan said, “He was 16 years old and in the senior level match of the local tournament (Mandke Trophy), he made 100 and 90 runs by opening innings and vindicated my decision.” While representing, he initially had some problems as an opener, but fell into it and is now a specialist opener. “
Chavan said that Gaikwad joined the academy at the age of 12 in 2008-09 and he came to know that he had a special talent. “He had a technical problem initially, but he started playing under-19 instead of under-14 and that boosted his confidence a lot,” the coach said.
Mohan Jadhav, another coach of his childhood days, said that Gaikwad had achieved the same success in IPL as he did at senior level. “He was not successful in the first two matches of the invitational tournament, but he played well in the third match, which boosted his confidence a lot.” He scored 182 runs in the final after which he was selected in the junior team of Maharashtra. “He said that the biggest feature of Ruturaj is the urge to improve himself and you understand the game well.