Ruturaj Gaikwad is an Indian cricketer who represents the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was born on January 31, 1997, in Pune, Maharashtra.
He is a right-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been making waves in the cricketing world with his consistent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Early Life and Career
Ruturaj Gaikwad started playing cricket at a young age and represented his school and college teams. He was part of the Maharashtra Under-19 team and also played for the Maharashtra Under-23 team. In 2016, he made his debut for Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, a domestic one-day competition in India.
He scored a half-century in his debut match and went on to score 444 runs in 9 matches at an average of 55.50.
In the following season, he played for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy, the premier domestic first-class competition in India. He scored a century against Jharkhand in his third match and finished the season with 444 runs in 8 matches at an average of 49.33.
He also played for India A in a series against Sri Lanka A and scored a century in one of the matches.
Ruturaj Gaikwad IPL Career
Ruturaj Gaikwad was picked by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL auction for the 2019 season but did not get an opportunity to play.
He was retained by CSK for the 2020 season and made his IPL debut against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 13th season of the tournament.
He scored 5 runs in his debut match and was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
However, in his next match against the Kings XI Punjab, he scored his maiden IPL half-century and helped CSK to a comfortable victory.
He went on to score two more half-centuries in the tournament and finished the season with 204 runs in 6 matches at an average of 51.00.
In the 2021 season, he struggled initially and was dropped from the playing XI after scoring just 5 runs in the first three matches.
However, he made a strong comeback and scored three consecutive half-centuries in the later stages of the tournament. He finished the season with 530 runs in 16 matches at an average of 35.33 and was the leading run-scorer for CSK.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Playing Style
Ruturaj Gaikwad is a technically sound batsman who likes to play the ball on its merit. He is known for his ability to rotate the strike and build partnerships.
He has a good range of shots and can play both off the front foot and the back foot. He is also a good fielder and can bowl useful off-spin.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Personal Life
Not much is known about Ruturaj Gaikwad’s personal life as he prefers to keep his private life away from the limelight.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has emerged as one of the most promising young batsmen in Indian cricket. He has shown great potential in domestic cricket and has carried that form into the IPL. With his solid technique and ability to play both spin and pace, he has the potential to become a regular member of the Indian cricket team in the future.
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