Gaikwad dismisses comparisons to Kohli, focuses on establishing his own style

India batter Ruturaj Gaikwad dismissed any comparisons and discussions about filling the void left by legendary batter Virat Kohli‘s retirement from T20Is. Kohli stated his decision to retire from T20I cricket following India‘s title in the recent T20 World Cup.

The star batter Kohli amassed 4,188 runs in 125 T20I innings, cementing their status as the second-highest run-scorer in the format. Meanwhile, young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has showcased his prowess, averaging an impressive 38.93 with a blistering strike rate of 141.40 in his 21 T20I appearances for the national team.

In the ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe, the stylish right-hander was entrusted with the coveted number three position, a role that had been dominated by the legendary Virat Kohli.

“It’s a big thing and clearly not the perfect time to talk. Comparing oneself to an accomplished player like Kohli would be extremely challenging and inadvisable. The priority right now should be to focus on starting your own career and playing your own game, rather than trying to emulate or fill the shoes of another. Establishing your own style and approach is the wisest path forward,” stated Gaikwad.

The 27-year-old opener, has comfortably transitioned between opening the batting and batting at number three for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, noting there is little difference between the two positions.

“I’m willing to bat wherever the team needs me. There’s no issue with that. The difference between opening and batting at number three isn’t significant, since you have to face the new ball in either position. So the roles are quite similar,” he added.

After suffering a shocking defeat in the series opener against Zimbabwe, Team India rebounded strongly, with Gaikwad’s 47-ball 77* and Abhishek Sharma’s maiden T20I century powering them to a dominant 100-run victory that leveled the series.

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