The T20I clash against South Africa was a special win for team India and exclusively for skipper Pant who won his maiden match as a captain, moments before exiting from the series to be a part of the England tour.
Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj certainly sent a message to every team out there that team India has young fighters and the 97-run partnership made the selectors think to reconsider the selection for the T20 World Cup.
Specifically talking about Ruturaj Gaikwad, his performance has been a roller coaster ride as the IPL star initially failed to perform for the “blues” but did not lose his intensity to bat on and make a remarkable comeback.
After going two down against the continuous winners, the Proteas, team India had the challenge to look up to and Ruturaj remained in the playing XI, despite people wondering to watch Venkatesh Iyer march on.
The perfect knock by the young batsman brought the game not only closer but to break the sequence of South Africa’s continuous win. Ruturaj’s role was pretty major as he fought with his bad form and reached out for a wonderful fifty.
Former cricketer and an analyst now, Parthiv Patel, feels Ruturaj has the discipline of batting with a technique which makes him like Virat and Rohit.
“Ruturaj has got the ability to play cricketing shots with low risk. We have seen KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma play such shots. When Ruturaj was playing in the IPL, many were saying ‘He’s out of form’. But a player who has got proper technique won’t struggle for form for long. He will find his mojo soon. A good player needs just one knock to return to form,” Parthiv told Cricbuzz