Batting with a straight bat was Gaikwad’s way to handle the guile of the KKR spinner, who on Thursday once again bowled Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Throughout his innings, he played some great shots that went with the flow of the bat. Apart from the shots over cover and long-off, Gaikwad also swept and pulled well, especially against Lockie Ferguson. He made 72 off 53 deliveries following his unbeaten 65 off 51 deliveries in the last game against RCB.
Both these innings proved to be match-winning ones.
Ahead of this game, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record for most runs in Tests and ODIs, had praised Gaikwad’s technique and temperament. Tendulkar said that he was bound to play long innings.
“I have not seen much of him but of what I saw he has an excellent bat swing and great temperament. At no stage, he looked like he would slog. He played proper cricketing shots and…