Abu Dhabi: Free-stroker but technically sound opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has set the ongoing IPL 2021 on fire with his scintillating innings. up to the 7th; Rituraj Gaikwad took the Orange Cap
The 24-year-old Gaikwad slammed his maiden IPL century off the last ball of the innings in the most thrilling match against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. He completed his century in just 60 balls hitting five sixes and nine fours. Also Read – Live IPL 2021 RR Vs CSK Live Cricket Score, IPL Live Match 47 Today Latest Updates: Shivam Dubey, Yashasvi Jaiswal Power Fifty Rajasthan Royals 7 Wicket Win Vs Chennai Super Kings
The batsman came into limelight after his late season heroics for CSK in IPL 2020. CSK were losing the game, but Gaikwad was among the runs and scored three consecutive half-centuries then. Also read- IPL 2021 | Avesh Khan is the find of the season for us: Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant
Continuing his stellar batting form from IPL 2020, Gaikwad also played some entertaining innings in the first leg of IPL 2021 in India. However, he is batting at a completely different level in the UAE. His scores in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 read: 101*(60), 45(38), 40(28), 38(26), 88*(58), 62*(49), 72(53), 65* (51).
During his maiden century, the opener, representing Maharashtra at the domestic level, showed his brilliant strokeplay and stunned everyone. After Saturday’s knock, Gaikwad also became the first player to score 500 runs in IPL 2021 and bagged the Orange Cap from KL Rahul.
He also became the seventh batsman for Chennai Super Kings to cross 500 runs in a season of IPL. Suresh Raina, who batted at number three on Saturday, has done this feat for the three-time IPL champion.
Despite his slim figure, CSK opener Ruturaj is capable of hitting big sixes. He has hit 20 sixes in 12 matches so far this season.
Hailing from Pune, Gaikwad has consistently performed well for his state team Maharashtra. He was the highest run-scorer for Maharashtra in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2018-19.
He rose through the age-group system of the Maharashtra team and consistently made it to the India A team as well. His batting revolves around clever touch and timing compared to the modern power-hitting module that we see with most young batsmen.
In the IPL 2019 Player Auction, Chennai Super Kings bagged their services at a base price of Rs 20 lakh. He has already repaid them well.