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IPL 2023: “Ruturaj Gaikwad has a bright future” – Wasim Akram

Ruturaj Gaikwad had an excellent season with the bat in IPL 2023.

Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram reckons Ruturaj Gaikwad has a bright future for Team India. The Chennai Super Kings’ opener played a vital role for the franchise in their title-winning campaign in the 2023 Indian Premier League. He finished as the second-leading run-scorer in the season for Chennai Super Kings, and the seventh overall.

Ruturaj Gaikwad has been an integral part of the franchise for the last few years. In 16 matches this season, he slammed 590 runs at an average of 42.14, and a strike rate of 147.50, with four fifties. His opening partnership with Devon Conway laid a solid platform for the Chennai Super Kings throughout the season. The duo was one of the best opening pairs in the tournament.

Former cricketer Wasim Akram hailed Ruturaj Gaikwad for his performance in the Indian Premier League 2023 season. He expressed that the right-handed batter played well under pressure. Wasim Akram added that Gaikwad has a bright future for Team India as well as in franchise cricket.

“He came up with an excellent performance under pressure. The plus with him is that he is physically very fit. He is a very good fielder and is young as well. Gaikwad has a bright future when it comes to Indian cricket as well as the franchises he plays for,” said Wasim Akram to Sportskeeda.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad to miss WTC final

Ruturaj Gaikwad will not be a part of the Indian squad for the World Test Championship final. He was selected as a reserve player for the match. The right-handed batter will be getting married this week, and hence won’t be able to join the team before the final. The selectors have named Yashasvi Jaiswal as the reserve player, instead of Ruturaj Gaikwad. Yashasvi Jaiswal has joined the Team India camp in England and is preparing with the team.


The World Test Championship final will take place from June 7 to June 11 at The Oval in London against Australia. This will be Team India’s second consecutive appearance in the final of the World Test Championship. They lost to New Zealand in the last cycle, at the same venue.

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