The young 24-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad has been grabbing headlines with his fiery batting skills and his ability to bat with surpassing skill and power in the ongoing cash-rich IPL. The youngster from Maharashtra has been a revelation in this Indian Premier League (IPL) season and has been the cynosure of all eyes! But do you know about his inspiring journey? Well, we have you covered as we will be diving deep into the journey of Ruturaj Gaikwad to fame; The man who is ruling the roost with his blazing blade.
Well if you cast your mind back to 2020, then you would recollect that Ruturaj Gaikwad had a very tough time when it came to cricket. As Suresh Raina pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, the stage was set for Ruturaj Gaikwad to shine in the yellow-clad jersey.
However, the gruelling wrath of the global Covid-19 pandemic reached him and he contracted the Covid-19 virus along with some Chennai Super Kings (CSK) staff members and Deepak Chahar.
Just imagine, getting all excited for their IPL debut and not being able to play because of Covid-19; Something that is not even in your hand!
But the terrible patch was just the beginning for Gaikwad. In the subsequent matches when he got the opportunity to play after recovering, he got dismissed cheaply in the first two matches he played.
Firstly, against the Rajasthan Royals, he was dismissed for a duck and then against the Mumbai Indians, he was dismissed in the very first over by Trent Boult. It seemed like it was the end of the road for the young prodigy.
By the end of IPL 2020, he shattered a lot of records and his hard work and dedication reaped a lot of benefits. He became the first uncapped player to notch up three back-to-back fifties in the IPL.
Cut to IPL 2021 and he is so far having a dream and a glorious run. There is no stopping the Pune-born youngster and in the 14 matches that he has played so far in the league stage games, he has amassed 533 runs and has been the second-highest run-getter of CSK in this season after Faf Du Plessis! A sheer embodiment of resilience and hard work!
From being bought for a meagre 20 lakh rupees sum in the IPL 2019 auction to being the backbone of the CSK franchise, Ruturaj Gaikwad has defied all odds and has cemented his place in the Chennai franchise!
Who knows, he could take up the captaincy mantle of CSK from MS Dhoni after the talismanic skipper and wicket-keeper of CSK draw curtains to his illustrious IPL career! Do let us know in the banter section if you feel that Ruturaj Gaikwad could replace MS Dhoni as the skipper of CSK.