South Africa vs India: Chief selector Chetan Sharma Heaps

Ruturaj Gaikwad made his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July last year.© Instagram

Chief selector Chetan Sharma heaped praise on in-form opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, saying the Maharashtra batsman will do a “miracle” for the national team. The Indian team is scheduled to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against South Africa at Paarl and Cape Town on January 19, 21 and 23 respectively. For this, the selection committee headed by Sharma on Friday selected the team. “Look, absolutely (he) got the opportunity at the right time. He was in the T20 team and now he is in the ODI team as well, wherever he can be made, the selectors are thinking that he will go and do wonders for the country, Sharma said in the team selection press conference.

The 24-year-old Ruturaj, who hails from Pune, was the leading scorer in the 2021 Indian Premier League, scoring 635 runs and was instrumental in helping Chennai Super Kings win the title.

According to Sharma, Ruturaj was rewarded for his brilliant performance.

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

“But, currently, he (Ruturaj) was also in the T20I squad against New Zealand and he is now in the ODI. He is doing well and he is rewarded for it,” said Sharma himself, former India pacer. Added as a bowler.

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After his IPL high, the opener continued his stellar performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well and was the leading scorer there, scoring 603 runs in five matches, with his highest score being 168.

He made his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July last year.

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