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Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Bus Mishap Adds Laughs Before India’s ODI Victory
By CricShots - Dec 18, 2023 3:49 pm
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In a comical twist of fate, Ruturaj Gaikwad, the opening batter for Team India, encountered an amusing incident before the first ODI against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. As Gaikwad approached the team bus, prepared to board, the bus driver, seemingly caught in a momentary lapse of attention, closed the door right in front of him, momentarily leaving the batter in a state of confusion.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad 

The incident, captured in a video that quickly circulated on social media, showcased Gaikwad’s awkward attempt to find an alternate entry. In the footage, the bus driver can be seen gesturing with his hand after closing the door, leaving Gaikwad searching for a solution with a somewhat puzzled expression.

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While these incidents add a lighthearted touch to Team India’s recent bus rides, the focus swiftly shifted to on-field matters. Team India’s bowlers delivered an exceptional performance, restricting the hosts to a mere 116 on a used pitch. Arshdeep Singh played a crucial role, securing a remarkable five-wicket haul, with Avesh Khan providing valuable support by claiming four wickets.

 

Chasing the target of 117, debutant Sai Sudharsan and experienced player Shreyas Iyer both notched fifties, scoring 55 and 52, respectively. Their contributions guided India to a comfortable eight-wicket victory.

However, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s innings fell short of expectations as he was dismissed for just five runs by Wiaan Mulder in the fourth over of the run chase. Gaikwad, who missed the entire T20I series due to illness, will be eager to bounce back in the upcoming matches.

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Before the South Africa tour, Gaikwad had showcased his prowess as the leading run-scorer in the 4-1 T20I series victory over Australia at home. With Team India now holding a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series, all eyes will be on Gaikwad’s performance in the second ODI scheduled for Tuesday, December 19.