Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: IPL)

Indian national team’s chief selector Chetan Sharma has heaped praise on up and coming opening batter, Ruturaj Gaikwad, after the latter was deservedly named in the 3-match ODI series squad against South Africa.

Ruturaj scored four centuries in five matches in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy and received his maiden call-up in the ODI squad. He was already part of the T20I team that travelled to Sri Lanka last July.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi
Maharashtra batters Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi. Credits: Twitter

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 in a press conference after the squad was chosen.

He is doing well and is rewarded for that – Chetan Sharma

Apart from the stellar performance in the Vijay Hazare, Ruturaj also set the stage alight in the IPL 2021 season. He ended as the top scorer of the tournament while playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Ruturaj scored 635 runs and laid claim to the prestige orange cap.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chetan Sharma
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

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 (Ruturaj) 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,” Sharma further mentioned.

With Rohit Sharma out injured and Prithvi Shaw not being selected, Ruturaj could well make his debut in the series against South Africa.

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