Thursday, March 30, 2023

Ruturaj Gaikwad: ‘Yuvraj Singh’s identify crossed my thoughts after fifth six’

Ruturaj Gaikwad was the speak of city after his astonishing seven sixes in a 43-run over throughout a Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal.

However the one identify that crossed the 25-year-old batter’s thoughts even earlier than he had pulled off the unthinkable feat was that of Yuvraj Singh, the previous star India all-rounder most remembered for his six sixes in an over towards England’s Stuart Broad within the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.

Taking part in for Maharashtra, Gaikwad on Monday did one higher when he smashed Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner Shiva Singh for seven maximums in an over to create a Record A world report. He bought an additional supply due to a no ball.

“To be honest, after the fifth six the only one person that crossed my mind was Yuvraj Singh. I had seen him hit six sixes in an over back then when I was very young, in the 2007 (T20) World Cup.

“I wanted be alongside him and that’s why I wanted to go for the sixth one. I never thought any day, or in any dream, that I would be hitting six sixes in a row. It’s a great pleasure, a great feeling to be alongside him (Yuvraj), just match that hype which is there around six sixes in an over or seven in an over,” Gaikwad instructed bcci.television.

Gaikwad achieved the feat within the forty ninth over of the Maharashtra innings. The bowler conceded a no ball within the fifth supply of the over which was additionally smashed over the boundary ropes on the Narendra Modi Stadium B Floor in Ahmedabad.

“When I got the sixth one, I thought why not go for the seventh one. I think it was not about hitting six sixes or seven sixes, it was just about trying to maximise that over, make as many runs as possible for the team. That was the basic plan, and thankfully, it happened,” Gaikwad mentioned.

Gaikwad first grabbed the limelight in 2021, when he made a staggering 635 runs for IPL title winner Chennai Tremendous Kings. “I would like to give it (credit) to all my teammates, my family members, people in Maharashtra. To be honest, there is pressure in each and every game I play and obviously, when I know that we have lost two wickets and we also lost another one in the process, I had to take responsibility right till the end.

“It’s not the first time I am doing it, I am used to doing it, so obviously I knew what I had to do, and I knew what I had to ask from the other players. I got really good support in the middle. Being a senior player, I had to deliver in the crucial stage,” he added.

Gaikwad carried his bat by means of the innings for a sensational unbeaten knock of 220 runs in 159 balls, which contained 10 fours and 16 sixes. Due to his knock, Maharashtra posted 330 for 5 after batting first, together with his colleagues aggregating solely 96 runs. It received the sport by 58 runs.

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