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Ruturaj Gaikwad Will Be India's Next Cricket Star: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming

Ruturaj Gaikwad became the youngest player to win the Orange Cap with his 635 runs in IPL 2021.

Ruturaj Gaikwad Will Be India's Next Cricket Star: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming
Chennai Super Kings signed Ruturaj Gaikwad in 2019. | Photo: BCCI-IPL
Ruturaj Gaikwad Will Be India's Next Cricket Star: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming
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2021-10-16T11:11:07+05:30

Minutes after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, head coach Stephen Fleming hailed Ruturaj Gaikwad as an "absolute superstar", the next star of Indian cricket.

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For Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK, who are often derided as 'Dad's Army', 24-year-old Gaikwad was one of the stand-out players this season. In fact, Fleming considers him to be a reason for their win.

"Yeah, I do (see him as the next star of Indian cricket). He (Ruturaj) is an absolute superstar already in my eyes," Fleming said after the final on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.

READ: Harshal Patel Sweeps IPL 2021 Individual Honours

In the final, Gaikwad (32 off 27) and du Plessis (86 off 59) gave CSK a solid start with an opening stand of 61 runs in 8.1 overs. They eventually set a 193-run target for KKR, which proved more than enough.

Heaping praise on the young batter, Fleming added that they had 'high expectations' when the team "introduced him last season.

CSK endured their worst season in the IPL last year. Blighted by off-the-field issues, Dhoni's men finished second last in the UAE. And Gaikwaid was among those who had tested positive for coronavirus. Despite that, he scored 204 runs in six matches.

"What we weren't sure of was the effect COVID would have and we really felt for him last year. Delighted with the way he ended last season."

Gaikwad became the youngest player to win the Orange Cap, finishing the 2021 season as the highest run-getter (635), two more than his opening partner and former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

"He is a wonderful kid, an absolute superstar. The way he mastered opening the batting and him and Faf scoring that many, it's one of the reasons we won the IPL. I coudn't be more happy for him. He shows maturity beyond his years," Fleming said.

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