Ruturaj Gaikwad made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka last July in Colombo.© Instagram
Main selector Chetan Sharma has garnered praise for the shapeless opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has been selected for the upcoming ODIs against South Africa, and said the Maharashtra dough would “do wonders” for the national team. The Indian team is scheduled to play three one-day internationals against South Africa on January 19, 21 and 23 in Paarl and Cape Town respectively. The team for the same was selected Friday by the Sharma-led selection panel. “Look, absolutely (he has) got the opportunity at the right time. He was on the T20 team and now he is also on the ODI team wherever his place can be obtained, voters think he will go and do wonders for Country,” Sharma said at the press conference on team selection.
The 24-year-old Ruturaj, who hails from Pune, was the leading goal scorer in the Indian Premier League in 2021 after collecting a staggering 635 runs and playing a key role in the Chennai Super Kings winning the title.
According to Sharma, Ruturaj was rewarded for his outstanding performance.
“We have selected him (Ruturaj). Now it is up to the (team) management to see when he can play in XI, when he is required and how to go for the combination, these things we will coordinate.
“But at the moment he (Ruturaj) was in the T20 team also against New Zealand and he is in ODI now. He is doing well and he is being rewarded for it,” added Sharma, himself a former India pacer.
After his IPL height, the opener also continued his dazzling form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was the leading goal scorer there, with 603 runs from five matches with 168 as his highest score.
He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka last July in Colombo.
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