Ruturaj Dashrat Gaikwad (born 31 January 1997) is an Indian Cricketer who plays for Maharashtra in Domestic Cricket and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
|Full Name||Ruturaj Dashrat Gaikwad|
|Date of Birth||31 January 1997|
|Birth Place||Pune, Maharashtra|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx)||175 cm|
5’ 9” inch
|Teams||Maharashtra, India Blue, India A, India B, India U23, Chennai Super Kings|
|Debut||List A Debut:|
2016-2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
vs Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sep 22, 2020.
|Career Turning Point||Scoring 187* runs against Sri Lanka A in June 2019|
|Jersey Number||31 (Chennai Super Kings)|
31 (India U-23)
|Educational Qualification||Not known|
|Family||Father: Dashrath Gaikwad|
Mother: Savita Gaikwad
|Hobbies||Travelling and reading.|
|Favourite Cricketers||Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson.|
Ruturaj Gaikwad Domestic Career
Gaikwad made his First-class debut for Maharashtra on 6 October 2016 against Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy. Unfortunately, Gaikwad injured his finger in the first innings on his debut match and was hence ruled out of the tournament. Due to this, he missed most of the games for his team.
Later on, he made his T20 debut against Mumbai on 2 February 2017 in the inter-state T20 tournament. He then made his List A debut against Himachal Pradesh on 25 February in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Gaikwad scored 132 runs in the match and made his debut a dream debut.
He is currently a key player for his team Maharashtra and plays all three formats with consistency and is a player to watch out for in the future.
Ruturaj IPL Career
Ruturaj was picked by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL auction for the 2019 IPL season for Rs 20 lakhs. He didn’t get to play any game in that season but was again retained by the franchise for the 2020 IPL season.
He made his IPL debut for CSK against Rajasthan Royals on 23 September 2020 but was dismissed for a duck. However, later in the tournament he scored 3 consecutive half-centuries for the team and proved his worth.
Gaikwad again impressed everyone in the 2021 IPL season. He started the season on a low after being dismissed in single digits in the first few games but later played brilliantly in the later stage of the tournament.
He was backed by the skipper MS Dhoni and the team management and he proved his worth by scoring 64 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders and again played a brilliant inning against the Sunrisers by scoring 75 runs in 44 balls.
Gaikwad is a crucial player for CSK at the top of the order and in the coming years, he is also a player to watch out for the national team as well.
Unknown facts about Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Gaikwad was a big fan of Mumbai Indians (MI) before he was picked by CSK in the 2018 IPL auction.
- He has also played for India-A and India-B apart from Maharashtra.
- Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson are his favorite cricketers.
- Gaikwad said that if not a cricketer, he would be a Tennis player, as he used to play Tennis also along with cricket.
- Ruturaj has scored a triple century in the 2015 Maharashtra Invitation Tournament.
- He was backed by the skipper MS Dhoni and the team management after scoring in single digits in the initial games of the 2021 IPL Season. Later, proved his worth by scoring 64 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders and he also played a brilliant inning against the Sunrisers by scoring 75 runs in 44 balls.