Ruturaj Gaikwad, CSK, IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings
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Young Indian rising star, Ruturaj Gaikwad enjoyed a sensational outing while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. He exhibited brilliant performances throughout the season. Gaikwad formed a successful opener pair with Faf du Plessis and stitched numerous match-winning partnerships for CSK. 

The one thing which impressed the most was Ruturaj’s hunger to convert the fifties into big scores and bat till the end of the innings. His standout knocks came towards the business end of the tournament.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. Credits: IPL

Ruturaj Gaikwad finished the season as the highest run-scorer, having managed to score 635 runs in 16 matches at an average of 45.36 and a strike rate of 136.27. 

Given how he batted in the 2021 IPL, CSK wouldn’t want to release him ahead of the Mega Auctions. However, if they didn’t retain him for some reason, there will be a few franchises who would be interested in his services. Here’s a look at three of those.

IPL 2022 Auction: 3 Teams Which Can Target Ruturaj Gaikwad 

  1. Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings vs MI, IPL 2021
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 If rumours are to be believed, then KL Rahul is set to part ways with Punjab Kings ahead of the new edition of the Indian Premier League. There is no denying the fact that KL Rahul has been the standout batsman for Punjab Kings for the last three consecutive seasons. 

His departure could be a big blow for Punjab. And, it also means that they would be looking for a highly talented Indian opener who could give company to Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.

Punjab Kings will have their eyes on someone like Ruturaj Gaikwad. They could be seen splurging a good amount of money if the 24-year-old comes into the auction pool. 

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