“When Ruturaj Gaikwad Gets Going, It’s Hard To Stop … He Is Calm Like MS Dhoni, Has Leadership Qualities”: Michael Hussey

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

The dashing right-handed batter Ruturaj Gaikwad is in the form of his life. He has been instrumental in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he has taken Maharashtra to the maiden final of the tournament. The batter struck a scintillating double century in the quarterfinal against Uttar Pradesh and then struck 168 runs against Assam.

Ruturaj made a List A record by smashing 7 sixes in an over and has struck 7 centuries in the tournament and a total of 11 in the history of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has leveled the record of former batter Robin Uthappa. It won’t be wrong to say that he has started banging on the door of the Indian Cricket Team.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad celebrates after scoring century for India-A vs NZ-A (Image Credits: Twitter)
Ruturaj Gaikwad celebrates after scoring a century for India-A vs NZ-A (Image Credits: Twitter)

Michael Hussey on Ruturaj Gaikwad

Michael Hussey was having an interaction with Indian Express and was asked about Ruturaj Gaikwad. “Even when we are at CSK, the discussions have been about the bigger picture, which is India. I know the competition is tough and there are a lot of good players in India, so you have to keep scoring runs. And not the 50s and 60s or just a 100. If you get in and make a hundred, you have to make it like 150 or 200.

That is the sort of number you need when you have a lot of competition going around. That is what selectors will notice… not the 100s, but the big scores that will make you stand up and take notice.” said Michael Hussey.

Michael Hussey. Photo-CSK
Michael Hussey. Photo-CSK

“Through the years we have developed a relationship where we have also started talking about things other than cricket. As a coach you got to do that to make a player switch off and he is a very observant person. He observes a lot of players in the team and even in the opposition, which is an excellent trait.” he stated.

“He obviously watches Dhoni very closely. And the other impressive thing about him is he picks up things that other players don’t pick up that quickly. He is a self-made cricketer and obviously, you need help along the way and he is quite good at picking up new things from other players.” he added.

Ruturaj Gaikwad an Asset

The batter has created a name for himself and would be hoping to be a regular member of the side. The batter hasn’t had a dream run in International Circuit. He has played only 1 ODI against South Africa where he was seen struggling.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: IPL)

Ruturaj would be aiming to win the championship for Maharashtra to make a 25-year-old strong case for himself in the Indian Cricket Team. The batter while playing for India looks in two minds whether to attack or defend due to which he is not playing his natural game.

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