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Here’s Why Ruturaj Gaikwad Was Selected For ODI Series Against SA

Here’s Why Ruturaj Gaikwad Was Selected For ODI Series Against SA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday, invited praises from the fans after they awarded stylish batter Ruturaj Gaikwad with a maiden ODI call-up for team India while announcing an 18-member squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa

On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the much-awaited squad for the upcoming 3-match ODI series against South Africa. While there were some big names missing from the squad, Chennai Super Kings’ young and talented batter Ruturaj Gaikwad was rewarded with a maiden call-up for the ODI side.

Ruturaj Gaikwad impressed one and all with his terrific performances for Chennai Super Kings this year. He turned out to be the leading run-scorer in the 2021 edition of the IPL, where he amassed a staggering 635 runs and played a key role in CSK winning the title.

After IPL 2021, Ruturaj carried his red-hot form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy too and he emerged the leading run-scorer in that tournament as well. Ruturaj amassed 603 runs from five matches with 168 as his highest score.

Chief selector Chetan Sharma heaped praises on Ruturaj Gaikwad as he revealed that he was rewarded his maiden call-up because of his terrific performances. He said:

Look, absolutely (he has) got the opportunity at the right time. He was in the T20 team and also now he is in the ODI team, wherever his place can be made, selectors are thinking he will go and do wonders for the country,”

He added:

“We have selected him (Ruturaj). Now it is up to the (team) management to see when he can play in the XI, when he is required and how to go about the combination, these things we will coordinate.

“But, at present, he (Ruturaj) was in the T20 side also against New Zealand and he is in ODI now. He is doing well and he is rewarded for that,”

Meanwhile, social media has been buzzing with amazing reactions from fans to this news. Here, check out how the fans reacted to Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden call-up:

India squad for South Africa ODIs:

KL Rahul (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj

Also Read: Chetan Sharma Finally Breaks His Silence On ODI Captaincy Controversy

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