|Full Name||Ruturaj Dashrat Gaikwad|
|Born||January 31, 1997 Pune, Maharashtra|
|Age||26 Years, 4 Months, 7 Days|
|Batting Style||Right Handed|
|Teams Played||India, India A, India B, India Blue, Chennai Super Kings, Maharashtra, India Under-23|
Ruturaj Gaikwad was born on 31st January 1997 in the Pune District of Maharashtra, a state in Western India. His father Dashrath Gaikwad was an employee of the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and his mother Sawita was a teacher by profession. Despite being academic, Ruturaj insists that they never forced him to pursue education over his passion for cricket. The naturally gifted opener started playing cricket at an early age and was soon outperforming his peers at the club level.
This helped pave his way to represent Maharashtra making his first-class debut in 2016. Early in 2017, he made his T20 debut in the Inter-State T20 Tournament and a few days later his List A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. This tournament brought him into the limelight as he scored 444 runs in 7 matches averaging 63.42. He ended the tournament as the third-highest run-scorer, following which there were murmurs in the domestic circuit of a free-flowing batter who could play solid risk-free cricket and yet score runs at a quick pace. His consistent performance at the domestic level saw him emerge as an exciting talent and he was integrated into the India A, India B and India U-23 teams.
Chennai identified his talent and picked him in the auction for the 2019 edition of the Indian T20 League. He made his debut for the franchise the following year in 2020 where he was dismissed on a first-ball duck. He scored just 5 runs in his first three games, not being able to get any runs in two of those games. However, MS Dhoni, the skipper of Chennai persisted with him and Ruturaj repaid the faith by scoring three half-centuries in the next three games to end the season on a high.
The year 2021 saw the arrival of Ruturaj Gaikwad, a batter gifted with technique and temperament who could score quick runs through intricate stroke-play rather than power-hitting. He scored his maiden Indian T20 League century that year against Rajasthan making an unbeaten 101 off 60 deliveries. He ended the 2021 season as the highest run-scorer claiming the Orange Cap for his 635 runs and taking Chennai to their fourth title. Prior to the 2022 auction, the franchise decided to retain him for 6 crores.
He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in July 2021 and scored his maiden half-century against South Africa in June 2022. The 2021-22 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy saw him equal Virat Kohli's record for the most centuries in a single tournament when he made four hundred-plus scores showing a rich reign of form. Gaikwad continues to be in the scheme of things for the national team and keeps getting chances here and there, but is yet to nail his spot in the Indian team.