India vs Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan 'humbled' by opportunity to lead Men in Blue for limited-overs tour
The selectors picked a bunch of fresh faces for the Sri Lanka series on Thursday as the main team is in the UK for the World Test Championship final and five Tests against England.
India vs Sri Lanka: 'Emotional' Ruturaj Gaikwad banking on core strength of adaptability in upcoming tour
The youngster, who rose to prominence after his successful stint with IPL team Chennai Super Kings, said he is looking to reconnect with Rahul Dravid, who would be head coach of the team. Dravid has, in the past, coached the Indian under-19 and A teams.
India will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour next month and the BCCI announced a 20-man squad for the tour, packed with youngsters, including six uncapped players.
India are scheduled to clash with Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many T20 matches on the tour, which will begin on 13 July and conclude on 25 July.
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CSK have been on a roll this year losing just one match out of its six so far, which has taken them to the top of the points table. Their fifth consecutive triumph came last night against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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The CSK vs SRH game showed that T20 cricket also has a place for batsmen who are purists first. Time and again we have seen the worth of batsmen whose game is built on proper technique and a solid foundation.
IPL 2021: Players have taken more responsibility this year, says CSK skipper MS Dhoni after win over SRH
CSK regained the top spot with a convincing seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, making short work of a challenging 172-run target.
Gaikwad was calmness personified as he tore apart the Sunrisers attack during his 75 off 44 balls after Du Plessis (56 off 38 balls) launched the initial assault, making a target of 172 looking easier than it actually was.
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"With Faf, it is pretty much easy. He has an innovation skill so he takes on the bowlers and it makes my job a little bit easier," Gaikwad told teammate Lungi Ngidi in a video posted on the IPL website.
"From the 16th over onwards the contest was between the fast bowler and the batsman. You can't do too much. Can't put a different field. It's about you versus me. The side that has won is a side that has executed slightly better," Dhoni said.
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Dhoni has been leading the side since the inaugural edition of the league in 2008.
The likes of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja and Moeen Ali all went for big runs and looked rusty.
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Gaikwad fell early in the first three outings before scoring 65 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore, 72 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 62 not out against Kings XI Punjab (renamed Punjab Kings).
Besides Ruturaj, the batting department comprises the experienced Kedar Jadhav, Rahul Tripathi, Ankeet Bawane, Naushad Shaikh, while Nikhil Naik and Vishant More have been named as the two stumpers.
Ruturaj Gaikwad from Maharashtra has earned plaudits from MS Dhoni and emerged as the only silver lining with a hat-trick of fifties in an otherwise disastrous IPL campaign for Chennai Super Kings.
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While the ever-dependable Suresh Raina opted out due to personal reasons, young Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored a hattrick of fifties in their last three games, was sidelined by the COVID-19 initially.
IPL 2020: CSK end KXIP's playoff hopes as Ruturaj Gaikwad slams third consecutive fifty in nine-wicket win
CSK’s nine-wicket win over KXIP also cut short the latter’s campaign in the 13th season of the IPL.
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