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You have the potential: Ruturaj Gaikwad recalls MS Dhoni’s words after India call-up

Written by Rohit Pawar

Ruturaj Gaikwad has had some fine mentors right from the time he picked up a cricket bat and started hitting balls. From his childhood coaches at the Vengsarkar academy to supportive teammates, the 24-year-old has had the right people around him, telling the right things.

For many youngsters, working with ‘mentor’ Rahul Dravid and a couple of Indian Premier League seasons under MS Dhoni’s captaincy remains only a dream. But Ruturaj has had the privilege of sharing the dressing room with two of the most celebrated cricketing minds.

Speaking to, Ruturaj Gaikwad said he wasn’t expecting an India call-up at 24 but the youngster has been showing he is ready for the big leap.

Two years after making India A debut, Ruturaj Gaikwad has got his maiden India call-up. The Maharashtra batsman is one of the six uncapped players who have been picked in theĀ 20-man squad for limited-overs seriesĀ in the island nation in July.

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored plenty of runs in the domestic circuit and on A tours before that breakthrough IPL season in 2020. He scored 677 runs at an average of 112.83 in a productive summer with India A after beginning his stint with a nought in 2019. Runs in domestic List A cricket has been a constant for the Maharashtra batsman.

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