"Clearly sent a message to everyone that this guy wants to win it so badly" - Ruturaj Gaikwad on MS Dhoni diving full-stretch to get back into crease during IPL 2021 match

MS Dhoni dives to save his wicket. (Pic: Twitter)
MS Dhoni dives to save his wicket. (Pic: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player Ruturaj Gaikwad recently recalled how skipper MS Dhoni dived full stretch to avoid being run out in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 fixture.

He highlighted that Dhoni's desperation gave the message that he wanted to win the trophy at any cost. Gaikwad heaped praise on the seasoned campaigner for showing great intent right from CSK's initial games in the edition.

Gaikwad said the following about Dhoni while speaking to CSK:

"I remember one moment very clearly where we were playing the first game and Mahi bhai went in to bat. I think in the first or second ball he was in a situation where he was close to getting run out and he dived in that situation.
"So, I think not many times, it just happens in the moment. But to show that effort right from the first game and to show that intent to achieve something clearly sent a message to everyone that this guy wants to win it so badly."

After an underwhelming IPL 2020 campaign, the Dhoni-led side staged a stunning turnaround to lift the trophy the following year by beating the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the final.

"The India A tours are just one step below the international level" - Ruturaj Gaikwad on the importance of India A matches

The talented opener was last seen in action in India A's three-match one-day series against New Zealand A. He stated how playing for the India A side has helped him quite a lot.

He mentioned that he wasn't very nervous when he made his Team India debut as he had already donned the blue jersey while representing India A. He opined that things would have been different if he had been drafted to the national side straightaway from domestic cricket.

Gaikwad explained:

"The India A tours are just one step below the international level. Even when I made my debut, there was not much nervousness because generally, it is like you come out from a domestic season, you wear the blue jersey, there is nervousness automatically. So you are used to wearing that jersey, that cap, you are used to playing in that kind of atmosphere."

Gaikwad featured in two one-day games against New Zealand A, scoring 72 runs. He was impressive in the unofficial Test series against the visitors, scoring 228 runs from three games at an average of 57.00.

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Edited by S Chowdhury