Cuttack. Rituraj Gaikwad batted brilliantly in IPL 2021 and won the Orange Cap. On the basis of his brilliant performance, Chennai Super Kings captured the title for the record fourth time. After this he got a place in Team India for the first time. Since then he has played 5 T20 matches and has not been able to score 25 runs in any. In such a situation, he can be out of Team India from the coming matches. Even in IPL 2022, his performance was not special. In the second T20 against South Africa, Rituraj was dismissed after scoring a run. Team India has scored 42 runs for one wicket in 6 overs till the time of writing the news.
25-year-old Rituraj Gaikwad could not show amazing in the first T20 as well. He was dismissed after scoring 23 runs in 15 balls. He had scored 21, 14 and 4 runs in the other 3 T20s played before this. This year the T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia in October-November. In such a situation, the team management is trying young players, but Rituraj has been unsuccessful in this so far. On the other hand, Ishan Kishan had scored a half-century in the first T20. In the second match, he is currently playing after scoring 29 runs. At the same time, senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan did not get a place in the team even after a good performance in IPL 2022.
T20 record is good
Rituraj Gaikwad’s overall T20 record is very good. Before this match, he has scored 2465 runs in 78 innings of 78 matches at an average of 35. He has scored one century and 19 half-centuries. That is, he has played an innings of more than 50 runs 20 times. The strike rate has been 133, which is good in terms of T20. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada got his wicket in the second T20. This is his 50th wicket of T20 International.
Before this match, 27-year-old South African fast bowler Rabada had taken 49 wickets at an average of 26 in 41 matches. His best performance has been 3 wickets for 20 runs. Economy is of 8.58. He has taken 303 wickets in 149 matches of overall T20. In this way, this is his 150th match. 4 wickets for 21 runs is the best performance. Has done the feat of taking 4 wickets 7 times. So far, the Indian team has not been able to beat South Africa in the T20 match in Cuttack.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2022, 19:38 IST