Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Twitter)

Indian batter Ruturaj Gaikwad said that Rahul Dravid has been influential in his batting. 

India are scheduled to play New Zealand in the three-match T20I series and Ruturaj is part of the 17-member squad led by Rohit Sharma.

Ruturaj Gaikwad bagged orange cap in IPL 2021

Ruturaj had an unforgettable season with Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. He was one of the architects of the Yellow Army in their fourth IPL title win.

In the final match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Ruturaj surpassed Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul’s tally of 626 runs and became the youngest batter to clinch the orange cap in the tournament history.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. Credits: IPL

Ruturaj scored 635 runs from 16 innings at an impressive strike rate of 136.26 with the help of four 50-plus scores and a whirlwind century against Rajasthan Royals.

It’s good to have Rahul Dravid back: Ruturaj Gaikwad

Dravid was appointed India’s new head coach and will replace Ravi Shastri from the forthcoming T20I series against New Zealand.

Ruturaj was part of many of the India A team tours, where Dravid would be the head coach. In fact, the Maharashtra batter made his international debut when Dravid was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka tour in July. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj said it was great to have Dravid back as the Indian head coach and the player believes that he will benefit from his experience.

“I have been part of many India A tours and we (with Rahul Dravid) have discussed several things through the years and learnt so much from him. I think it’s good to have him back. Obviously, it’s good to learn and go back. I will have much experience from speaking to him. He has told me a lot of things and influenced my batting,” Ruturaj told Times of India.

Ruturaj, who captains the Maharashtra team in domestic cricket, carried his incredible form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The opener posted scores of 51, 80, 81, 3 and 44 in the five innings he batted so far in the tournament.

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