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'Pujara 2.0': Ruturaj Gaikwad Roasted Over 'Test Innings' in ODI Debut Against South Africa

By: Buzz Staff

Edited By: Anurag Verma

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Last Updated: October 07, 2022, 09:40 IST

Lucknow, India

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi, center, waits to field the ball as India's Ruturaj Gaikwad, right, runs between the wickets during the first one day international cricket match between India and South Africa, in Lucknow, India, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi, center, waits to field the ball as India's Ruturaj Gaikwad, right, runs between the wickets during the first one day international cricket match between India and South Africa, in Lucknow, India, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

ODI debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad's inclusion in the playing XI was questioned by miffed fans after he failed to get going against South Africa in the first ODI.

Ruturaj Gaikwad was among the many names that popped up on cricket Twitter as Indian fans scrambled to pin blame during the team’s loss to South Africa by mere 9 runs in the first ODI in Lucknow on Thursday. Gaikwad who was handed an ODI debut alongside Ravi Bishnoi struggled to get going after India lost their both openers in Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan in under six overs. Chasing South Africa’s 250 in 40 overs in a rain-affected affair, Gaikwad along with Ishan Kishan played a watchful knock. The only problem? Their knocks were too watchful.

Gaikwad scored 19 runs off 42 balls and was eventually dismissed by Tabraiz Shami after he charged down the ground but failed to get anything and got stumped. Kishan also failed to put his foot on the accelerator and was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj on 20 runs for which he took 37 balls.

As India failed to start the ODI series on a high, cricket fans were miffed with Gaikwad’s (and Kishan’s) snail-paced innings.

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first published:October 07, 2022, 09:38 IST
last updated:October 07, 2022, 09:40 IST