Vengsarkar wants selectors to select Ruturaj Gaikwad ‘straight away’

While Chennai Super Kings won their fourth IPL title, it was young Ruturaj Gaikwad who stole the limelight.

Meanwhile, the focus has now shifted to the T20 World Cup now which will begin in a week. And, former India player and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar wants Gaikwad to be added to the Indian team.

“He came to our Pune academy when he was 10. We choose players for our academy (based on ability), we just don’t get everybody. So, he was one of those young players we chose because he had excellent skills,” Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times. “I also took him to England when he was around 16. I take my academy team to England every year to Lancashire. We play 10 matches every year. He scored hundreds in most of the games, and he scored big hundreds, the 160s, 170s.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad had played only six games in IPL 2020, scoring over 200 runs. In IPL 2021, he scored 635 runs, becoming the youngest player to win the Orange Cap in the tournament as well.

“He was scoring the half centuries, so I sent a message to him and asked him to play 20 overs. I said, ‘you would score a hundred and the team would score 200 if you play 20 overs. And that’s what he did against Rajasthan Royals. He played 20 overs and scored a brilliant hundred. Chennai lost the match because Rajasthan played very well that day,” Vengsarkar further added.

“He has the game and he is mentally strong. The selectors must give him an opportunity. When you pick a guy who is in form, it helps. He is also young. If the selectors are convinced about his talent and temperament, then he should be picked straight away,” he concluded.

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