India player Ruturaj Gaikwad has been added to the ODI squad for the series against South Africa. He plays for CSK in the Indian Premier League and Maharashtra in domestic cricket as well. He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka last year, scoring 21 runs in 18 balls in the 2nd T20I and 14 runs in 10 balls in the 3rd T20I as well.
Gaikwad has been in sublime form in Indian domestic cricket 2021 after finishing as the leading run-scorer in the 2021 IPL, smashing 635 runs. And, helped CSK to win their fourth title as well. He did well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, too, scoring 603 runs. And, Chetan Sharma praised Ruturaj Gaikwad. Moreover, Sharma has backed the youngster to “do wonders” for the team as well.
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“Look, absolutely (he has) got the opportunity at the right time. He was in the T20 team and also now he is in the ODI team, wherever his place can be made, selectors are thinking he will go and do wonders for the country,” Sharma said.
“We have selected him (Ruturaj). Now it is up to the (team) management to see when he can play in the XI, when he is required, and how to go about the combination. These things we will coordinate. But, at present, he was in the T20 side also against New Zealand and he is in ODI now. He is doing well, and he is rewarded for that,” further added Sharma.
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However, it will be a very difficult task for Ruturaj Gaikwad to be in the playing XI as KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to open the innings for India as well. But, Gaikwad could maybe open alongside Dhawan if KL Rahul bats in the middle-order. It will be interesting to see if the talented youngster would get a chance to showcase his skill again.