IS CHENNAI Super Kings’ Ruturaj Gaikwad another opening slot for India in shorter formats? Already leading race of highest run-getter in the 2021 IPL, the Pune cricketer from the Dilip Vengsarkar academy, is a choice for the future but not right now. He is one amongst many of them who will be fighting for his slot on the national team. Other than regular openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, there are options like Prithvi Shah and Devdutta Padikkal, who have proved their worth to get picked for India.
Gaikwad’s meteoric rise only proves to show that magic called IPL is wielding its power every season. Last year too, Gaikwad showed tremendous promise, a class with the bat, demeanor, and bagged three MoM awards for the Chennai Super Kings. So what if his team was languishing at the bottom of the points tally? Gaikwad did the impossible. He showed hope.
The CSK in 2021 is a different kettle of fish. And Gaikwad is a factor in that. He is even more powerful and doesn’t want to give up that easily. He has put a heavy price tag on his wicket. Whether or not Gaikwad would get a look in for the next level is something not on the selectors’ minds right now, but he has already come into the national consciousness.
Not that Gaikwad would be picked ahead of any other opener like the selectors picked Ishan Kishan ahead of Shreyas Iyer and repenting their decision. The logical way to make this talent shine is to keep allowing him to score runs in franchisee cricket as well as in domestic cricket and not worry much about where he going from here. A consistent Gaikwad will have tall claims when there are slots up for grabs.