Day after T20 World Cup snub, Ruturaj Gaikwad overtakes Virat Kohli in Orange Cap race

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By Gulam Mohammad

In a stunning turn of events, Ruturaj Gaikwad, the dynamic young batsman from Maharashtra, has surged past cricketing maestro Virat Kohli in the race for the prestigious Orange Cap in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Gaikwad’s remarkable performance comes just a day after he was left out of the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, a decision that left many cricket enthusiasts scratching their heads.

Day after T20 World Cup snub, Ruturaj Gaikwad overtakes Virat Kohli in Orange Cap race

The 25-year-old right-handed batsman has been a revelation for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) this IPL season, displaying remarkable consistency and class with the bat. With his recent blitzkrieg innings against the Delhi Capitals, Gaikwad stormed his way to the top of the run-scoring charts, surpassing even the likes of cricketing stalwarts such as Virat Kohli.

Gaikwad’s exclusion from the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup had raised eyebrows among fans and experts alike. Many had expected the youngster, who has been in scintillating form in the IPL, to be given a chance on the global stage. However, the selectors opted for more experienced players, leaving Gaikwad out of the reckoning.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a spot in the national squad, Gaikwad has shown tremendous character and resilience on the field, letting his bat do the talking. His fearless strokeplay and ability to anchor the innings have drawn comparisons to some of the greats of the game, and his recent performances have only strengthened his case for future national selection.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who has been a mainstay in the Indian team across all formats for over a decade, finds himself trailing behind the young sensation in the race for the Orange Cap. Kohli, who is known for his aggressive batting style and impeccable technique, has had a relatively quiet IPL season by his standards, with occasional flashes of brilliance but lacking the consistency that has defined his career.

As the IPL season approaches its business end, all eyes will be on Ruturaj Gaikwad as he continues to dazzle cricket fans with his sublime batting skills. While his dreams of representing the country in the T20 World Cup may have been put on hold for now, Gaikwad’s meteoric rise in the IPL serves as a reminder of the depth of talent in Indian cricket and the unpredictable nature of the sport.

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