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Ruturaj Gaikwad stakes claim for Virat Kohli’s ‘anchor’ role with blazing knock in IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I

Ruturaj Gaikwad stakes claim for Virat Kohli’s ‘anchor’ role with blazing knock in IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a total of 133 runs in three matches against Zimbabwe.

Ruturaj Gaikwad played a stabilised 49-run knock against Zimbabwe in the 3rd T20I at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. He has showcased his ability to not only be a big-hitter but also build a solid foundation, that too after coming at number 4. 

Following Virat Kohli’s retirement from the format. Gaikwad showcased his ‘anchor batter’ skills and staked his claim for the ultimate spot. 

Unbeaten knock in the second T20

Ruturaj played an intriguing unbeaten 77-run knock in the second T20I. He partnered brilliantly with the explosive Abhishek Sharma, who scored a century. Gaikwad’s adaptability, playing both at number 4 and as a fluent scorer at number 3, highlights his well-rounded batting skillset.

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Team India searching for number 3 batter

With Kohli’s departure, the Indian team management is on the lookout for a batsman who can provide stability at the top of the order. Gaikwad’s recent performances suggest he’s a strong contender for that role. His ability to rotate the strike effectively and find the boundary when needed makes him a valuable asset in the T20I middle order.

While the series against Zimbabwe might not be on the big stage, Gaikwad managed to make a good chance with it and grabbed this opportunity. If he continues to perform consistently, he can play for India in the World Cup as well.

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