Ruturaj Gaikwad is one of the up and coming talent in the domestic cricketing setup of the country. He has been praised by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni for his sharp brain and immaculate understanding of the game.
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The stylish right-handed batsman made his first-class debut at the age of 19 for Maharashthra during the Ranji trophy 2016-17. On his India A debut, shortly after his first-class debut Gaikwad was out on a golden duck, against England Lions in January 2019. It was to be, however, just a small blip in the course of a glorious summer.
His scores for India A in List A cricket during the home series against Sri Lanka A and in the Caribbean against West Indies A read: 187*, 125*, 94, 84, 74, 3, 85, 20, 99. That's 677 runs at an average of 112.83 and strike rate of 116.72.
In October 2018, he was named in India B's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In December 2018, he was named in India's team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
The heaps of scores Ruturaj amassed in the List-A circuit caught the eye of Chennai Super Kings’ scouts and he was snapped up by the franchise in the player's auctions held in December 2018 at his base price of INR 20 lakh. Although he didn’t play any match in the 2019 season, the youngster had a huge learning curve settling in the mighty CSK camp. The 2020 season is expected to be a breakthrough season for him. The Maharashtra batsman had a little scare when he reported positive for COVID-19. Although the CSK camp is assured that he will get fit before the tournament commences.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was born on 31 January 1997 and rose through the age group system of the Maharashtra team, and consistently made it to the India A side as well. Gaikwad is from a Pune-based family that has always valued academics highly. His father, Dashrath Gaikwad is a Defence Research Development Officer and his mother a teacher at a municipal school. None of his cousins, with whom he grew up in a large joint family, played sport.
As of now, his success rate has been much higher in List A, where he is consistent and also makes his runs at a healthy strike-rate. However, given his temperament and technique, Ruturaj should be able to better his already reasonable returns in First-class cricket.