Mahendra Singh Dhoni has helped many young players to thrive. The next name in this list is the opener of Chennai Super Kings. Ruturaj Gaikwad of can be. The Maharashtra player recently said that the former Indian captain helped him a lot. This brought consistency to his performance.
Gaikwad was included in the Chennai team in the 2020 IPL. However, he did not get much opportunities to play that year. The attention of the team management did not go to this right-handed batsman. Before the start of the season, Gaikwad got infected with the corona virus. However, even after recovering from the disease, the team management did not give him much opportunities.
Speaking to Anand Bazar Patrika, Gaikwad said that Dhoni supports him as an opener for Chennai. When Gaikwad was tried as an opener in the 2020 season, he scored three half-centuries one after the other.
He said, ‘Mahi bhai has always helped me. I was not able to score runs in the beginning of IPL. I didn’t lose faith and kept on opening the innings. The confidence that Mahi bhai showed in me helped me a lot.
Gaikwad also shared the gurumantra that Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared with him. Dhoni had told him what it takes to become a successful cricketer. The 24-year-old said that Dhoni had told him to always focus on the quality of the ball and not the opposition on the field. Gaekwad wants to perform as cool as Dhoni on the Sri Lanka tour.
He said, ‘Mahi bhai always played quietly. You get success by playing according to the quality of the ball. The opposition team will try to harass you in many ways. Would like to divert your attention. Mahi bhai advised me not to fall into this trap. His advice will be of great help to me.