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Cricket World Player of Week - Ruturaj Gaikwad

Chennai Super Kings Ruturaj Gaikwad in action
Chennai Super Kings Ruturaj Gaikwad in action

Ruturaj Gaikwad might not be the biggest name in the Chennai Super Kings playing XI but he is certainly set to have the brightest future.

Gaikwad has all but nailed his spot at the top of the order for CSK with a match-winning unbeaten 58-ball 88-run knock in the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians.

CSK were in a real spot of bother, having lost Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni within the powerplay. He had a brilliant partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to pull CSK out of trouble.

Gaikwad later accelerated and finished with a strike rate of over 150. As it turned out, the Chennai bowling did a great job to restrict Mumbai to 136 as CSK won the match by 20 runs. Deservedly, Ruturaj Gaikwad received the Player of the Match award.

Recently picked for the Sri Lanka series, the stylish batter left more to be desired. However, batters with equal command against both pace and spin are a rarity. Like Suryakumar Yadav, Gaikwad possesses the rare ability.

Gaikwad is one for the future for India not only in white ball cricket but in the five-day format as well given his watertight technique and the gift of timing.

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