Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Inspiring Story From Maharashtra to International Arena

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Dasharath Gaikwad – Ruturaj Gaikwad is an Indian international cricketer who captains the Maharashtra cricket team in the T20, List A format. He is the current captain of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He made his international debut for the India cricket team in July 2021 against Sri Lanka.

He was the captain of the India squad which won the gold medal at the 2022 Asian Games. He was the leading run-scorer in the 2021 IPL season. He is captain of the Maharashtra team in T20 and List A cricket.

Short Biography of Ruturaj Gaikwad

BiographyRuturaj Gaikwad
Full NameRuturaj Dashrat Gaikwad – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Date of BirthJanuary 31, 1997
Place of BirthPune, Maharashtra, India
Playing StyleRight-handed batsman
Teams Played ForIndia, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Maharashtra
Domestic DebutFirst-class: Maharashtra vs. Karnataka, October 2016
List A: Maharashtra vs. Rajasthan, February 2017
T20: Maharashtra vs. Vidarbha, January 2017
International DebutIndia vs. Sri Lanka (ODI), July 2021
IPL DebutChennai Super Kings vs. Kings XI Punjab, October 2020
Major Achievements– Emerging Player of the Year in IPL 2020
– Record-breaking performances in domestic cricket
– Consistent performances in IPL and domestic circuit
Notable Records– Youngest player to score three consecutive half-centuries in IPL for Chennai Super Kings
– Numerous records in domestic cricket for Maharashtra

Early life

Ruturaj Gaikwad was born on 31st January 1997 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He is from Pune, Maharashtra. His father is Dasharath Gaikwad, was a Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO) employee.

His mother Sawita Gaikwad is a teacher in a municipality school. As of Gaikwad his parents never insisted him to study more and play less Cricket. His native village is Pargaon Memane village in Saswad area of Pune district, Maharashtra.

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His mother tongue is Marathi. He did his primary schooling from St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Pune in Khadki. He studied in Lakashmibai Nadgude school in Pimple Nilakh, Pune. He completed his college studies from Marathvada Mitra Mandal’s Polytechnic.

Personal life

Ruturaj Gaikwad lives in the Sangvi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune. He is originally from Pargaon Memane. On 3rd June 2023, he married his long-time girlfriend Utkarsha Pawar at Mahabaleshwar.

Domestic career

At the age of 13, he joined the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) Varroc Dilip Vengsarkar Academy’ in Thergaon in Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune.

He scored 63* in Cadence trophy of 2010 against Mumbai’s MIG Cricket club for Varroc Vengsarkar Academy. He received man of the match in that. His academy beat MIG Cricket club by 7 wickets, Cadence Cricket ground.

At Maharashtra invitational tournament of 2015, he scored 306 runs in a match in partnership of 522 runs with his teammate Vinay.

In 2016-17 Ranji Trophy on 6th October 2016, he made his first-class debut for Maharashtra. He made his Twenty20 debut for Maharashtra in the 2016–17 Inter State Twenty-20 Tournament on 2nd February 2017.

In the 2019 Ranji trophy season, he scored 108 (199) in first inning and 76 (170) in Pune in second inning, while opening for Maharashtra Cricket team versus Chhattisgarh & became man of the match in this match.

He made his List A debut for Maharashtra in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 25th February 2017. In this tournament he scored 444 runs along 63.42 average in 7 matches. He scored 3 half centuries and one century.

He was the third highest run getter in 2016–17 Vijay Hazare trophy. In Indian domestic cricket structure he played for India A, India B, India Blue, Maharashtra and India U-23. In October 2018, he was named in India B’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In December 2018, Ruturaj Gaikwad was named in India’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.

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In 2019, he scored four centuries in four matches in Mandke trophy. In June 2019, he scored 187 not out for India A against Sri Lanka A. Even in August 2019, he was named in the India Blue team’s squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy. In October 2019, he was named in India B’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.

In the 2021 Mushtaq Ali trophy, Gaikwad captained Maharashtra. He finished as one of the top scorers in the tournament. in the 2021–22 Vijay Hazare trophy he scored four hundreds and equalled Virat Kohli’s record of scoring maximum hundreds in single Vijay Hazare tournament and scored over 600 runs in the tournament for Maharashtra.

In November 2022, during 2nd quarter-final match between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh of 2022–23 Vijay Hazare Trophy, he became the first batter to hit seven sixes in an over (one off a no-ball) in all forms of cricket.

Ruturaj Gaikwad now owns the record for the most centuries by any player in Vijay Hazare Trophy history. Former Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa and Gaikwad’s current Maharashtra teammate Ankit Bawne jointly held the record previously (11 centuries each).

In 2023, he is hired by a Pune-based franchise for Maharashtra Premier League (MPL) in ₹14.8 crore (for 3 years). Later the franchise named as Puneri Bappa and they announced Ruturaj Gaikwad as their captain for inaugural season.

International career

In June 2021, Ruturaj Gaikwad was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his T20I debut on 28 July 2021, for India against Sri Lanka. In December 2021, he was named in India’s ODI squad for their series against South Africa.

In January 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad was again named in India’s ODI squad, for their home series against the West Indies. In June 2022, he scored his maiden T20I half-century against South Africa.

In July 2022, he was named in India’s ODI squad for their away series against the West Indies. In October 2022, he was named in India’s ODI squad, for their series against South Africa. On 6th October 2022, he made his ODI debut against South Africa.

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In June 2023, Ruturaj Gaikwad was named in India’s Test and ODI squads for their series against West Indies.
In July 2023, Gaikwad was named as India’s vice-captain for the series against Ireland under a returning Jasprit Bumrah.

He ended the series as the leading run scorer with 77 runs from the two matches with 58 of those runs coming in the second match.

In September 2023, he was named in India’s ODI squad for the first two matches in the series against Australia.

In July 2023, he was also named as India’s T20I Captain for the 2022 Asian Games. He led India to win the gold medal. He became the first Indian captain to do so in Men’s Cricket at the Asian Games and second Indian captain after MS Dhoni to win a T20I tournament on their first attempt.

In November 2023, he was named the vice-captain for the first three matches of the T20I series against Australia. He became the ninth Indian batter to score a T20I century and his score is the second highest by any Indian in the T20I format.

Indian Premier League

In December 2018, Ruturaj Gaikwad was bought by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League.

On 2 October 2021, Gaikwad scored his first IPL century, with 101 not out against the Rajasthan Royals in the 2021 tournament. He won the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs (635) in the 2021 tournament and was also awarded the Emerging Player of the Year award.

After his good performances in the 2021 season, he was retained by Chennai Super Kings for ₹6 crores ahead of the 2022 IPL auction.

On March 21, 2024, Chennai Super Kings announced the appointment of Ruturaj Gaikwad as their captain. This decision followed the resignation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the captaincy role, a position he held for a remarkable 14 seasons.

Gaikwad’s appointment as captain positioned him as the fourth individual to assume this prestigious role for the Chennai Super Kings.

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