“Ruturaj Gaikwad is one of the most talented young players.” Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the 23-year-old batsman after his win against Kolkata Knight Riders. Dhoni says that he has a deep understanding of his game.
How did you perform in domestic cricket
The stylish batsman made his debut in domestic cricket at the age of 19. He made his Ranji career debut for Maharashtra in 2016-2017. In his first class debut for India A, he played against England Lions in 2019. However, he did not start well and he was out on zero from the first ball of the Golden Duck. But after this he gave the right direction to his career.
Playing ahead in List A cricket for India A, he made a strong performance against Sri Lanka A and West Indies A. He scored 677 runs at an average of 112.83. His strike rate was also 116.72. His score was 87 *, 125 *, 94, 84, 74, 3, 85, 20, 99.
Selected for India B team in Deodhar Trophy in October 2018. In December 2018, he was part of the Indian team for the ACC Emerging Team Asia Cup.
In December 2018, Chennai Super Kings added Gaikwad to their team at a base price of Rs 20 lakh. However, he did not get a chance to play any match. But this season, he has taken full advantage of the opportunities. The Maharashtra batsman underwent a Corona infection before the IPL started but he returned with a fit. He has won a lot of accolades first against Bangalore and then half-century against Kolkata. He has scored 142 runs in five matches.
Gaikwad was born on 31 January 1997 in Pune, Maharashtra. His father is an officer in DRDO. His mother is a teacher there. He grew up in a joint family but no one in his family is associated with sports.