Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have become one of the most destructive opening pairs in the Indian Premier League, and Saturday became another example of how both have taken their game to a new level. The Chennai Super Kings opening duo effortlessly destroyed Delhi Capitals with an opening partnership of 141 runs on Saturday in which Gaikwad himself 79 runs.
One of the striking aspects of Gaikwad’s inning was how he paced it. With the wicket being a little on the heavier side, Gaikwad decided to target the short boundaries against the spinners. Conway further complimented him in that pursuit.
“It was a must-win game and my 50th game for this franchise. Feels good to make a contribution. I think the wicket was holding up, it was difficult to hit pacers but with spinners, we thought we had a chance with short straight boundaries. We set the platform, and after 10-12 overs and then we thought with Shivam, Mahi Bhai, and Jaddu coming in, we could really attack,” Gaikwad said in the post-match presentation.
Conway and Gaikwad have developed a mutual appreciation society amongst themselves, and that camaraderie has reflected in their performance as well. Speaking about Conway, Gaikwad said it is commendable how Conway has adjusted himself to the conditions.
“He had 1-2 areas where he wanted to improve, and he's improved a lot. Playing at home in Chennai can be tough, but he's adjusted very well. He's a guy who's always open to conversation, I love having him around even off the field,” the Maharashtra opener added.