Chennai Super Kings’ top-order batter Ruturaj Gaikwad reached another milestone on Saturday as he completed 3,000 T20 cricket runs. The 26-year-old achieved this feat during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium.
In this match, Gaikwad contributed a crucial 40* off 36 balls, which included two fours and a six, helping CSK secure a victory over MI. Over 93 matches, he has amassed 3,025 runs with an average of 36.44 and a strike rate of 135.40. His T20 record includes three centuries and 22 fifties, with a personal best of 114.
Throughout his IPL career, Ruturaj has scored 1,396 runs at an average of 41.06 and a strike rate of 133.84. He has one century and 12 fifties under his belt, with his highest score being 101*. He has been a loyal player for CSK throughout his entire IPL journey.
Gaikwad’s standout season was in 2021 when he earned the ‘Orange Cap’ for scoring the most runs in a season. During 16 matches, he accumulated 635 runs at an average of 45.35 and a strike rate of 136.26. He notched up one century and four fifties, with a top score of 101*.
In the ongoing IPL 2023 season, Ruturaj has already scored 189 runs in three matches, boasting an impressive average of 94.50 and a strike rate of 161.53. He has added two fifties to his record, with a highest score of 92 in the tournament so far.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Top Performances in IPL
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden IPL century (IPL 2021)
Gaikwad’s most memorable performance came during IPL 2021 when he scored his first century in the league. Playing against Rajasthan Royals, he smashed an unbeaten 101 off just 60 balls, which included 14 fours and a six. This innings showcased his ability to anchor the innings while maintaining an impressive strike rate.
Gaikwad’s match-winning 88* (IPL 2020)
In IPL 2020, Gaikwad played a match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He scored an unbeaten 88 off 58 balls, steering CSK to a comfortable victory. His innings featured seven fours and a six, and he remained calm under pressure, demonstrating his potential as a dependable top-order batsman.
Gaikwad’s 75 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL 2021)
Another notable performance by Ruturaj Gaikwad was his 75-run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021. In this match, he formed a solid opening partnership with Faf du Plessis, laying a strong foundation for the team’s chase. Gaikwad’s innings consisted of 12 fours, and he played a crucial role in CSK’s triumph that day.