Veteran Australian batsman Michael Hussey pointed out the similarities between Ruturaj Gaekwad and Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hussey, who is also the hitting coach at CSK, has worked closely with Gaikwad and Dhoni. While the legendary Australian batsman has also played under Dhoni in the past for CSK.
Gaikwad has made a big name for himself after winning the Orange Cap in IPL 2021 and has also performed well in the 2022 edition after some early hiccups.
Hussey confirmed that Gaikwad has an excellent habit of picking things up from other players very quickly as he also watches the CSK captain work closely.
“Obviously he keeps a close eye on Donnie. The other thing that’s admirable about him is that he picks up things that other players don’t pick up that quickly. He’s a self-taught cricketer and you obviously need help along the way and he’s very good at picking up new things from other players.”
Hussey suggested that Gaikwad is very calm and composed by nature and has all the makings to become an excellent leader in the future.
“I’m not sure about future plans at CSK, but like Dhoni, he’s very calm. He’s actually very calm when it comes to dealing with pressure like Dhoni and he’s a very good reader of the game and as I said earlier, he’s very observant and I think people are drawn to him because of his nature and his personality.” And his personality. And they love being around him. He has some excellent leadership qualities.”
A Maharashtrian batsman recently wrote history by smashing seven sixes in one match during a Vijay Hazara Trophy match. He also smashed a double century to make a case for himself for the national call-up.
Hussey talked about competition while playing international cricket in a country like India.
“When he starts playing he’s such a great player that you find it hard to stop him. Even when we’re at CSK the discussions have been about the bigger picture, which is India. I know the competition is tough and there are a lot of good players in India, so you have to keep scoring goals.” And not just the 50s and 60s or the 100s. If you go in and win a hundred, you have to make it like 150 or 200.”