Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad has expressed his gratitude towards Faf du Plessis after receiving a special gift from him. The South African cricketer sent the young cricketer his autobiography titled ‘Faf: Through Fire’, which was launched on October 28, 2022.
Sharing a screenshot of the book on Instagram story, Ruturaj thanked du Plessis and mentioned that he is excited to read it. Notably, they shared a good bond playing together at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) before the 38-year-old was released by the franchise.
The opening pair ran riots for the Yellow Army as they scored 756 runs at an average of 47.25 in 16 innings in IPL 2021, including seven fifty-plus stands. They ended up being the top two highest run scorers of the season. CSK went on to win the title as they beat KKR in the final by 27 runs to lift their fourth IPL title.
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Will Ruturaj Gaikwad bounce back in the national side?
There’s no doubt that Ruturaj Gaikwad is an extremely talented batter who has the potential to serve Indian cricket for a long time. After his exploits in the domestic leagues and the IPL, he caught the attention of the selectors who did provide him with opportunities. However, the right-handed batter failed to utilize them.
While he scored 19 runs in the only ODI he has played in, the 25-year-old has 135 runs in 9 T20Is at a strike-rate of 123.8. Although the numbers are impressive, the sample to conclude any result is too small. Going forward, he should be getting more time to adjust to international cricket.
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Ruturaj didn’t find himself in the squads for the New Zealand and Bangladesh assignments. Post the T20 World Cup 2022, many changes are expected to take place in the T20I team. New bloods are likely to join in to build a team for the future and Ruturaj will be one of the contenders to make it into the side.
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