Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad throwback on MS Dhoni’s winning match: IPL 2021. Gaikwad and Uthappa of Chennai Super Kings looked back. In the extraordinary finish against the Delhi Capitals that secured them in the 2021 IPL finals. The duo needed a vintage finish from their captain MS Dhoni. Also, he took the side home on Sunday night with a splendid six-ball and 18-runs. Before the thrilling end, it was the top-order duo of Gaikwad and Uthappa that set up a solid foundation with a 110-run partnership.
Chennai Super Kings was in trouble early on in the chase. After losing Faf Du Plessis for a duck in the first over itself. Both players lauded the effort from their captain. He was under pressure heading into the game.
“He’s a man of big stages for sure and he would absorb any pressure given to him and he did a good job and hopefully we are just one game away,” Gaikwad said.
“You can never write off someone like MS Dhoni at that situation in the biggest stage. He is the best there was, and I think the best there is. He is the man you want in that kind of situation,” Uthappa said.
The duo for the second wicket was crucial to CSK’s success in the end. Gaikwad and Uthappa never let the required rate affect them. It’s even matched it as their partnership progressed.
Moreover, it seemed at one stage that Gaikwad and Uthappa. They would take the side home after taming the DC bowling unit. However, lost trajectory after the loss of Uthappa’s wicket. Which brought upon the surprise promotion of Shardul Thakur at No.4.
“The focus was completely on the game. I’ve been sitting out for like 10-11 games, so always wanted to contribute to the team. When the opportunity came along, I knew that I had to be true to myself. When I came out to bat, my only thought process was to stitch a good partnership. I think if not for that little niggle, I think we would have finished it off,” Robin Uthappa said.