- Full name: Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Born: January 31, 1997
- Birthplace : Pune, Maharashtra
- Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
- Nationality : Indian
- Father : Dashrath Gaikwad
- Mother : Sarita Gaikwad
ABOUT RUTURAJ GAIKWAD
Ruturaj Gaikwad is one of the most talented players in Indian cricket and has been making constant strides with his impactful performances in the domestic circuit. The 24-year old young opener has been a consistent performer for Maharashtra in the past few years.
Ruturaj Gaikwad made his first-class debut at the age of 19 for Maharashtra in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season. Later in February 2017, he made his List A debut in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy and was the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 444 runs from just seven games.
Playing for India A in July 2019, the right-handed batsman notched up 677 runs at a brilliant average of 112.83 in the series against Sri Lanka A and West Indies A.
He was the highest run-getter for his state team, Maharashtra, in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2018-19.
INDIAN PREMIERE LEAGUE
Owing to his incredible performances in the domestic cricket, one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings bought him at his base price of Rs 20 lakh in the IPL auction in 2019. But he didn’t play any match in the 12th edition of IPL.
Last year, when CSK stalwart Suresh Raina pulled out of the tournament, citing personal reasons, Ruturaj finally got a chance to prove his batting prowess and he made the most of it.
In IPL 2020, Ruturaj smashed 204 runs in just 6 games for the MS Dhoni-led side at an impressive average of 51 and a strike rate of more than 120.
- Ruturaj scored 132 runs in his debut match in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- He was the second-highest run-scorer in the 2014-15 Cooch Behar Trophy with 826 runs in 6 games.
- Gaikwad smashed a triple century in Maharashtra Invitation Tournament in 2015.
- In January 2019, he scored a century against England Lions while playing for Board President’s XI.
- In IPL 2020, Ruturaj became the first uncapped Indian player to hit three back-to-back fifties in tournament’s history.
- He has scored over 2000 runs at an average of 47.87 in List A cricket.
- Ruturaj won three consecutive Man of the Match awards in IPL 2020.
RUTURAJ GAIKWAD’S FAVOURITES
- Favourite colour – Blue
- Favourite player – Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma
- Favourite actor – Salman Khan
- Favourite actress – Shraddha Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
- Favourite food – Butter chicken
- Favourite destination – Dubai and New York
Ruturaj Gaikwad is in a relationship with Utkarsha.