Ruturaj Gaikwad set for Team India return during New Zealand series: Report
- As, many senior players will be rested so there will be an opportunity for many youngsters to make their place in team
- Ruturaj made his T20 debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 2021 but failed to make an impact
- Apart from him, all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer who impressed everyone in the second leg of IPL is also in the eyes of selectors
After the conclusion of the ongoing T20 World Cup India will host New Zealand for 3 matches T20 series and 2 Test matches in November-December. The 2021/22 cricket season has a hectic schedule for Team India and the majority of Indian players are in the bubble for nearly 6 months now. So, to manage the workload of players it is assuming that senior players might be rested for NZ series.
As, many senior players will be rested so there will be an opportunity for many youngsters to make their place in team and one of them is likely to be Ruturaj Gaikwad. However, Ruturaj made his T20 debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 2021 but failed to make an impact.
The 24-year-old backed in form in the second phase of IPL and become the top scorer in the tournament to win orange cap. According to the reports by Insidesport.in, Ruturaj likely to be elected in the squad for the NZ series. He continued his IPL form in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scored three consecutive fifties in the tournament so far.
Apart from him, all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer who impressed everyone in the second leg of IPL is also in the eyes of selectors. Recently, Cricbuzz suggested that Iyer is one of the 60 players shortlisted for the South Africa too. With his free-flowing batting, he played a major role for KKR to reach in the finals of IPL. In 10 matches, he scored 370 runs and also considering as a future backup for Hardik Pandya. Apart from them, there are more youngsters likes of Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Chetan Sakariya and Devdutt Padikkal who are expected to be a part of the series.
The opening encounter between India and New Zealand T20 series will begin on November 17 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur followed by next two T20s on November 19 and 21. After that, teams will clash in 2 Test matches in Kanpur and Mumbai.