In the first ODI against Australia on September 22 in Mohali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, the opener for Team India, achieved his first-ever fifty in ODI cricket. This match marked his debut as an opener in the ODI format. Australia batted first, posting a total of 276 runs in 50 overs, with David Warner as their top scorer, contributing 52 runs.
Shubman Gill set a quick pace for India’s innings with elegant boundary shots all around the ground, while Gaikwad (71) played a supporting role, displaying his skill with beautiful shots. Gaikwad effectively handled the new ball and ensured consistent runs, adding stability to the top order in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
Gaikwad capitalized on scoring opportunities, regularly finding the boundary. He reached his maiden fifty in the 18th over with a pair of runs and attempted to accelerate by hitting two consecutive fours at the end of an over. However, his 77-ball innings came to an end in the 22nd over when Adam Zampa dismissed him through LBW.
Fans acknowledged Gaikwad’s performance against Australia and shared their thoughts on social media, including X (formerly known as Twitter).
Here are some of their reactions:
Congratulations Ruturaj gaikwad keep it up..next match 💯 century score you…🇮🇳— Kalai (@kalaivananmckal) September 22, 2023
What a day it was!— Abhishek Roy (@AbhiroyTweets) September 22, 2023
– Ruturaj Gaikwad Shows his potential and Smashed 71(77).
– Captain Kamal Lajawaab Rahul once again Finished the match and this time in STYLE and remains not out at 58*(63)
– INDIA won the match and became the NO-1 Team in all formats. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/cmnNpRrDhE
– Ruturaj Gaikwad – 71 runs off 77 balls— Saabir Zafar (@Saabir_Saabu01) September 22, 2023
– Shubman Gill – 74 runs off 63 balls
– KL Rahul – 58 runs off 63 balls
– Suryakumar Yadav – 50 runs off 49 balls
M. Shami – 10-1-51-5
Congratulations @BCCI on a thumping win👏 All credit goes to these guys💙 🙌 #TeamIndia 🇮🇳 great win💪
NO.1 India are the new Number 1 team in all the formats— Bhavik pandya (@BhavikPandya_33) September 22, 2023
Best from Gill and Kl Rahul continues with Impact full batting from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Surya Kumar Yadav
And outstanding bowling display by Shami for fifer #ICCRankings #INDvAUS #SuryakumarYadav #RuturajGaikwad #Gill pic.twitter.com/0X3Mb9L9mM
Former Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More expressed his support for Ruturaj Gaikwad and suggested that Gaikwad possesses the potential to eventually lead Team India. More emphasized that Gaikwad’s cricketing skills are well-rounded, making him a valuable player across all formats due to his strong technique.
More also pointed out that Gaikwad’s experience of playing alongside MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League likely played a significant role in his growth and development as a cricketer.
In a recent conversation on Jio Cinema, More shared his thoughts, stating:
“Ruturaj can play all formats, his basics are so correct. He can be the future captain of India as well, he has got a great temperament. He’s playing under MS Dhoni, so he must have learnt things about handling the team and handling the situations. He’s a quality player, and I’m waiting for him to make his Test debut.”