The IPL 2023 could be characterized as the season of openers. Among others, Shubman Gill, Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Devon Conway emerged as dependable openers for their respective franchises. With 890 runs scored in 17 innings, including three centuries and four half-centuries, Shubman Gill was the season’s leading run scorer.
Wasim Akram, a former Pakistan captain, praised Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, stating that the 26-year-old has a promising future. With 590 runs, Gaikwad concluded another successful season in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gaikwad scored 26 runs in rapid succession against Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 final, giving his team an excellent start in the massive chase. Akram believes that Gaikwad is a promising future prospect for India due to his consistent excellence in the IPL and domestic cricket.
Gaikwad’s future is bright: Akram
“He delivered an outstanding performance under duress. He has the advantage of being physically healthy. He is an excellent fielder who is also quite youthful. Wasim Akram stated on Sportskeeda that Gaikwad’s future in Indian cricket and for the franchises he plays for is promising.
Gaikwad scored 590 runs for CSK during the most recent IPL season, averaging 42.14 runs per game. Throughout the competition, he achieved four fifty-plus scores, helping his team win multiple games. Gaikwad has scored 1797 runs for CSK in 52 games, demonstrating his consistency and ability to perform at the highest level. Ruturaj has compiled 14 half-centuries and one century in the IPL to date, scoring runs at an average of 39.07. His overall batting average in the lucrative division has been 135.5 percent.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has replaced Gaikwad in the Indian squad as a reserve player ahead of the World Test Championship final. His longtime fiancée, Utkarsha Pawar, and he will soon be wed. Ruturaj will not travel to England with the Indian team for the WTC final due to his marriage.