Ravi Shastri, the former Indian cricket team’s head coach, believes Chennai Super Kings captain Ravindra Jadeja is under pressure after two straight losses. On Saturday, he stated that the Chennai Super Kings’ openers will need to improve their performance throughout the tournament. If this does not happen, Chennai’s World Cup journey could be difficult.
Chennai Super Kings lost both of their opening matches for the first time in IPL history. By six wickets, he was defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders and then Lucknow Super Giants. The batsmen were unable to make a significant score in the first match, and the inexperienced bowlers were unable to defend the score of 211 in the second match.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Chennai opener and last season’s leading run scorer, failed to reach double figures in both games. In the first match, Devon Conway opened the innings with him. After scoring three runs in eight balls, he returned to the pavilion. Chennai used Robin Uthappa and Gaikwad as openers in the second match. In 27 balls, Uthappa scored 50 runs.
Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears to be in good form, according to Ravi Shastri, but the openers will need to regain their rhythm. ‘Biggest for Chennai,’ Shastri said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo. The issue is that neither of his openers are performing well. The team’s new captain has taken over the reins and is feeling the heat. Yes, Dhoni is in good form, but if one of his openers does not pick up the pace, Dhoni’s problems in the tournament could worsen.
Gaikwad was advised by Shastri to take time for himself. He advised that he take his time at the start of the innings. He’ll be able to make up for the slow start later.
‘Ruturaj (Ruturaj Gaikwad) should take his time,’ he said. He is a good timer, and because he has a variety of shots, he can cover a slow start later. The runs will come in automatically if he starts off calmly and keeps up with the pitch’s pace. These are excellent pitches for batting. These pitches have more bounce than last year’s, and the ball is coming off the bat nicely.
Gaikwad attempted to do the same thing in the previous match, but he was distracted during the LBW appeal and was run-out in the same match. In addition, the opposition teams have picked up on their weakness on incoming balls and are doing everything they can to exploit it.
Punjab Kings (Chennai Super Kings) will play their next match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Kagiso Rabada, the champion bowler, and Arshdeep Singh, the left-arm pacer, are two players who can trouble Gaikwad.