Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj made his first debut while he was playing for Maharashtra during the Ranji trophy. The 2016-2017 trophy was held on 6th October 2016. He could play a risk-free game but score a fair clip that immediately got the attention of many people. During the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-2017, he became the third highest run-scorer making him famous. Ruturaj was meant to shine brighter from his childhood. Using the Maharashtra team, he rose through all the obstacles, including the age-group system. With consistency, he managed to reach the India A team.

Basic Information About the Player

Full Name: Ruturaj Dashrat Gaikwad
Place of Birth: Pune, Maharashtra
Date of Birth: 31st January 1997
Nationality: Indian
Age: 24 years old
Height: 173cm
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break
Role: Batter
Teams: Chennai Super Kings, Maharashtra, India A, India Under-23s, India B, India Emerging Team, Maharashtra Under-19s, India Blue, Maharashtra Under-22s, Indian Board President’s XI, Maharashtra Under-22s

Career Build-up

Natural is known as the “star in making,” as he surprised many during his U-19 tournament. He finished with the second-best score during the 2014-2015 Cooch Behar trophy, which included 826 runs in just six games and three centuries and a half-century. In the same season, he made a score of 522 runs during the Maharashtra Invitation Tournament. He also scored a triple century in the same tournament. His extraordinary performance secured him a chance in India’s Under-19 World Cup, which was in 2016.

During the 2016-2017 season, Ruturaj managed to make his first debut for the Maharashtra Ranji team. However, his debut was shortened after an accident where he was hit with Varun Aaron’s delivery during a game against Jharkhand. He had to get surgery, which made him miss the Ranji season. After eight weeks of recovery, Ruturaj returned during the Vijay Hazare trophy, where he could only play one game. In the following season, he declared himself an ODI opening batter, scoring 132 off 110 in a match against Himachal Pradesh.

Achievements

While playing for Maharashtra, he became their best batter during the tournament, where he scored 444 runs in the first seven games with an average of 63. In the following season, he still played for Maharashtra Ranji’s team and scored 342 runs in only ten matches. In January 2019, Ruturaj scored a century while playing against England Lions; he played for Board Presidents’ XI. This tournament helped him get a place in the India A’s team in June 2019 during the ODI matches against Sri Lanka. Despite doing exemplary work against Sri Lanka, he has been named among India A tour of the West Indies. However, luck was on his side as player Prithvi Shaw had an injury ruling him out of the team, and Ruturaj had to save the day.

Last Matches Played

India vs. Sri Lanka played at Colombo on 28th July 2021; Sri Lanka won by four wickets.

Maharashtra vs. Uttarakhand played at Baramati on 12th -15th February 2020; Maharashtra won by 67 runs.

Maharashtra vs. Puducherry played at Cuttack on 25th February 2017; Maharashtra won by 25 runs.

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