Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter Robin Uthappa has compared CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad with veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni. MSD earned the nickname of captain cool owing to his ability to stay calm and composed in pressure situations and was lauded by cricket fraternity for the same. The former India skipper led the Men in Blue to wins in T20 World Cup 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions trophy 2013. Also, CSK won three IPL titles under Dhoni.

In a recent interview, Uthappa lauded Rututaj Gaikwad for staying calm under crunch situations and compared him with MS Dhoni. Gaikwad has been in stellar form in IPL 2021 and is the second-highest run-getter for CSK with 362 runs in 10 games at an average of 40.22 and a strike rate of 137.12.

“I think the character showed from Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad), I think is unbelievable,” Uthappa said in a video clip posted on CSK official Twitter handle.

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“I think he is an incredible talent that we (CSK) are lucky enough to have and his demeanor is much like Mahi (Dhoni) – calm, composed, chilled out, and a really nice human being. I really like him, he’s a great kid,” he added.

CSK has been magnificent in IPL 2021 and sits at the helm of the points table with eight wins in 10 games. They owe their success to the bowlers and openers – Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Faf is leading the charts of most runs for CSK and has scored 394 runs at an average of 49.25 and a strike rate of 137.

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