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Ruturaj Gaikwad CSK: Player Profile, Background and Stats

Ruturaj Gaikwad CSK: Player Profile, Background and Stats in IPL

The newly appointed CSK captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been one of the most important players for the Chennai Super Kings in recent years. His name has been synonymous with consistency. As with every passing year, the player has grown in stature and developed as an individual.

On top of that, what he has done more is deliver power-packed performances year in and year out in the last four years.

In the last three years, Gaikwad has been one of the most potent batters in the top order of the Chennai Super Kings’ lineup. He has established himself as someone who can afford a slow start to build an inning. And then finish off strongly towards the end of the inning.

Hence, it doesn’t matter if he plays a run-a-ball inning; the opposition will always be on their toe as long as he is on the crease. They are aware of how much explosive power Gaikwad possesses.

Despite a not-so-par year for the Chennai Super Kings under his captaincy, they certainly see a great future in this set up. But let’s understand what makes Ruturaj so special. In this article, we will take a comprehensive look at his background, stats, and career in IPL.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad IPL Stats


Ruturaj Gaikwad’s IPL performance is evidence of his development as a cricket player. Analyzing his achievements over time provides valuable insights into his development and maturity as a player.

2020: First Steps and Positive Indications

Gaikwad Chennai Super Kings started with a promising performance in the 2020 Indian Premier League season. He amassed 204 runs in six games. Despite the small sample size outing his strike rate of 120.71 and average of 51.00 indicated that he could adapt to the demands of T20 cricket.

Even though CSK had a bad outing in the season, Gaikwad was the silver lining of the season that gave them hope heading into the future.

2021: Making Waves with Reliability

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s CSK breakthrough season came in the very next year. The year 2021 saw him score an astronomical 635 runs in 16 games, including an incredible century. With an excellent average of 45.35 and a strike rate of 136.26, he established himself as his team’s dependable top-order batsmen. Not only that, he was the formidable force for CSK upfront, battling with the veteran Faf du Plessis and eventually winning the Orange Cap.

Gaikwad IPL performance improved drastically in this season. He showed great signs of growing maturity and poise under pressure by turning bad starts into noteworthy scores, as exemplified by his perfect century.

2022: Getting Through Difficulties

Ruturaj Gaikwad stats in the 2022 season wasn’t upto the standards that he set last season as he scored 368 runs in 14 games. Though his average was lower at 26.29, he showed tenacity and perseverance, barely missing a century with a best score of 99. While the season was less productive in terms of runs, Gaikwad’s time with CSK do indeed show that his ability to produce significant runs in difficult circumstances demonstrated his growing maturity as a batter.

2023: Combining Effect and Growth

Moving onto Gaikwad’s 4th season with CSK, this season showed that he continued to solidify his progress in the game, as he managed to amass 590 runs in 16 games. He continued to contribute significant innings for his club with an improved average of 42.14 and a striking strike rate of 147.50. Even though he was unable to get a century, Gaikwad’s reliable IPL performances and ability to quicken the pace of scoring cemented his place in the starting lineup. Due to his impact on the team, Ruturaj managed to help CSK to win their 5th IPL title.

2024: Role as CSK Captain with MSD’s guidance

Ahead of IPL 2024, in a significant development Chennai Super Kings’s management made a surprising announcement by declaring the 27-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad their new captain succesing “Captain cool” MS Dhoni. This marked an important change in CSK history by ending Dhoni’s golden era as the skipper.

Gaikwad has earned a significant amount of praise as well as critique for his time as CSK captain. Some even saw similarities between the current CSK captain and Thala Dhoni.

In an article published by Cricinfo, the writer stated that MS Dhoni, the last captain of Chennai Super Kings, has a deep bond with the team as he often got emotional when discussing them and expressing a desire to end his career at their home ground. Similarly, the new captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad, shares this strong connection. Gaikwad’s bond with CSK is evident and serves as the driving force behind his leadership. Like Dhoni, Gaikwad’s attachment to the team is expected to inspire and guide his captaincy, continuing the legacy of dedication and passion that Dhoni embodied for the Chennai Super Kings.

This is not all, Ruturaj Gaikwad also made his name with the bat by becoming the only CSK opener to score 2000+ runs in IPL. On top of the that, he also jumped passed Virat Kohli to accumulate 2000+ runs in IPL history and became the only Indian to achieve the milestone.

Wrapping Up: A Positive Path

To sum up, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s IPL performances over the years show a strong trend with consistent improvement and progress. Gaikwad has demonstrated tenacity, flexibility, and maturity as a batter from his early steps in 2020 to his breakout season in 2021 and subsequent struggles in 2022. His reputation as a dependable top-order batsman who can significantly contribute to his team’s success was further solidified in the 2023 campaign. His consistency with the bat and maturity on the field not only earned him respect and love amongst the CSK fans but also the franchise and Dhoni’s trust hence the team captaincy in 2024. Gaikwad emerges as a player to keep an eye on in future IPL seasons, having the potential to have a long-term effect on the league as he refines his talents and improves his performance.

How many centuries has Ruturaj Gaikwad scored in IPL?

Ruturaj Gaikwad has come close to scoring centuries on several occasions. His first century however came in the year 2021, when he smashed 101* runs against Rajasthan Royals. This fabulous innings of his involved 9 fours and 6 sixes, that propelled him to the milestone in just 60 deliveries.

It was because of his brilliance, that Chennai Super Kings was able to amass a total of 189 runs, out of which 101 were scored by him. However, the result of the game did not go in his team’s favour. Some good batting in the second inning by Yashashvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube saw the royals over the line with 15 balls to spare.

Moreover, his second ton came in the most recent IPL season in 2024 against Lucknow Super Giants, where Gaikwad showcased his exceptional batting prowess, scoring an unbeaten 108 runs off just 60 balls. Supported by Shivam Dube‘s explosive 66 off 27 deliveries, CSK posted a challenging total of 210 for 4 on the scoreboard. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad personal life and background

NameRuturaj Gaikwad
Age27 years
Date of Birth31 January 1997
CoachSandeep Chavan
Role Batsman
Ruturaj Gaikwad castMarathi Gaikwad
AchievementChennai Super King’s captain in IPL 2024. First Indian to score 2000 IPL runs. Part of both the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy and the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. Part of the Indian team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. Scored an unbeaten 187 against Sri Lanka A whilst playing for India A. He was called up for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy. He made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in July 2021. He was the top run-scorer in the 2021 IPL tournament. He led Maharashtra team to the Vijay Hazare Trophy final in 2022.
Ruturaj Gaikwad zodiac signAquarius
Ruturaj Gaikwad Height173 c.m
Weight64 kg
CaptainMaharashtra team
Ruturaj Gaikwad WifeUtkarsha Pawar
Ruturaj Gaikwad ranji trophy teamMaharashtra
Ruturaj Gaikwad familyDashrath Gaikwad (Father), Sarita Gaikwad (Mother)
Ruturaj Gaikwad HometownPune, Maharashtra, India
Ruturaj Gaikwad Networth36 cr
ODI debutIndia vs South Africa – 6 October 2022
Test debutNot Yet
T20I Debut28 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
IPL debut2020- CSK
batting styleRight-hand bat
bowling styleRight-arm off-break
team played forBoard President XI, Maharashtra, India A, India Blue,India B, Chennai Super Kings, ACC Emerging Asia Team
Ruturaj Gaikwad IPL 2022 auction PriceINR 6 crore
Ruturaj Gaikwad IPL TeamCSK
Ruturaj Gaikwad average in IPL39.07
Ruturaj Gaikwad best score in IPL101*
alma materSt Josephs High School
playing positionOpener
Ruturaj Gaikwad Twitter@Ruutu1331
Ruturaj Gaikwad Instagram@ruutu.131

Born in Pune on January 31, 1997, the 27-year-old Ruturaj displayed his sportsmanship spirit in most matches since his entry into the cricket world at an early age.

Ruturaj started playing with a leather ball at the young age of 5. By the age of 11, he was already practicing at the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. Which provided him the platform to make his mark at the Maharashtra U14 and later U16 teams as well.

In an interview, Gaikwad mentioned the pivotal role the academy has played in his life. “I would like to also thank my academy, Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, which is, located in the PCMC (Pimpri-Chinchwad) area,” Ruturaj says.

“I’ve been there since the last 9-10 years, right since the age of 11. They’ve always been supportive and encouraging. Even today, they oblige whenever I request them to let me practice.”

He is an Indian international cricketer playing for the Maharashtra team in domestic cricket and for the CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in the IPL. He made his international debut in July 2021 against Sri Lanka for the Indian team. In the Asian Games in 2022, Ruturaj was selected as the Captain of the Indian team.

Ruturaj has had a steady career in cricket, showing this trait since the early days of his career when, in the 2010 Cadence Trophy, he scored 63 (71) against Mumbai’s MIG Cricket Club for Varroc Vengskar Academy.

Again in 2015, Ruturaj scored an impressive 306 runs at the Maharashtra Invitational Tournament in partnership with 522 runs with Vinay, his teammate. This success became evident as he made his First-Class debut for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy-2016-17 followed by a Twenty20 debut in the Inter-State Twenty20 Tournament in February 2017.

No wonder, Ruturaj is a very prominent name in the cricket world. His success rate is noteworthy!

The Captain of the Maharashtra Team in T20 and List A cricket, Ruturaj made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in July 2021 against Sri Lanka and also became the Captain of the Indian squad at the Asian Games in 2022. As Captain, he needs to be thanked, as the Indian squad in the Asian Games bagged the Gold Medal.

Before we look at his international presence in the cricket world, let us have a glimpse at his successes in domestic cricket.

Ruturaj Gaikwad stats in Domestic Circuit

A steady cricketer, Ruturaj made his List A debut in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy (on February 25, 2017) for Maharashtra. His performance in this trophy merits particular reference as he scored 444 runs along with a 63.42 average in 7 matches. Ruturaj created a record by scoring 3 half-centuries and one century, thus being rated as the third-highest run-getter in Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2016-17.

As years passed, Ruturaj kept showing his maturity in one game after another. No wonder, he played for India A, India B, India Blue, Maharashtra, and India U-23. In October 2018, Ruturaj was named in India B-squad for Deodhar Trophy-2018-19 and included in India’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in December 2018.

The year 2019 was extremely significant in his cricket career, studded with several successes. To exemplify, he scored four centuries in four matches in the Mandke Trophy and registered an impressive 187 not out for India A against Sri Lanka A in 2019.

In the same year, Ruturaj was named in the India Blue Team’s squad for Duleep Trophy-2019-20 and also in India B’s squad for the 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy.

Ruturaj entered the cricket world at the early age of just 13, making his debut by joining the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s Varroc Dilip Vengskar Academy in Thergaon in Pimpri Chinchwar of Pune.

In 2021, he was the leading run-scorer in the IPL Season and also captained Maharashtra in the 2021 Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring a hefty 259 runs in five matches, averaging 51.80, including three fifties at a strike rate of 150.71.

Continuing with the tempo of his very good performance, Ruturaj became one of the top scorers in the tournament in Vijay Hazare Trophy-2021-22, scoring 400 and equaling the score record of Virat Kohli for getting the maximum hundreds in a single Vijay Hazare tournament and securing 600 runs in the tournament for Maharashtra.

In the 2022-23 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ruturaj created another history during the 2nd Quarter Final match between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. He created the distinction of being the first batter to hit seven sixes in an over (one off a no-ball) in all forms of cricket.

In the Final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022-23, Ruturaj achieved a 108-run knock against Saurashtra and created a record for the most centuries by any player in this trophy’s history (12).

A Pune-based franchise of the MPL (Maharashtra Premier League) inked an agreement with Ruturaj for three years on a payment term of Rs. 14.8 crore. It also announced him as the captain for the inaugural season.

Ruturaj’s International Journey

Known internationally as an ace cricketer, Ruturaj was named in India’s ODI squad in June 2021 and the Twenty20 International squad for the series against Sri Lanka. Making his debut in T20I on July 28, 2021, against Sri Lanka, Ruturaj was included in India’s ODI squad in December 2021 for the South African series.

Acknowledged as one of the most dependable cricketers of India, Ruturaj was named in India’s ODI squad in January 2022 against West Indies and in June 2022, he scored his maiden T20I century against South Africa.

In Conclusion 

2024 must have been a magical year for Ruturaj Gaikwad, from being married to love of his life to succeeding MS Dhoni as CSK captain or scoring his second IPL century. Overall, the current CSK captain had a decent form in IPL 2024.

Having such huge responsibility on his shoulder, Ruturaj accumulated 583 runs in 14 matches with an impressive average of 53. Initially, the CSK captain led from the front by scoring his only second ton in IPL career against LSG. However, he eventually failed to take his team in the season’s playoffs after a heartbreaking defeat by the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On top of that, Ruturaj failed to make his way into India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Despite consistently preforming and leading India to Commonwealth Games 2022 finals, Gaikwad fell short in the eyes of BCCI selectors.


When did Ruturaj Gaikwad make his debut in IPL?

Ruturaj Gaikwad made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings in the year 2020. Since then, he has been a phenomena to be reckoned in the Indian Premier League.

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