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Gaikwad rejects comparisons with Kohli, focuses on building his own style

Gaikwad rejects comparisons with Kohli, focuses on building his own style

India batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has dismissed all comparisons and discussions about filling the void left by legendary batsman Virat Kohli’s retirement from T20Is. Kohli announced his decision to retire from T20I cricket after India won the T20 World Cup recently.

Star batsman Kohli has consolidated his status as the second-highest run-scorers in the format by amassing 4,188 runs in 125 T20I innings. Meanwhile, young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has showcased his mettle by averaging an impressive 38.93 and a blistering strike rate of 141.40 in 21 T20I matches for the national team.

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

“This is a big thing and this is not the perfect time to talk openly. It would be extremely harsh and ill-advised to compare yourself to a talented player like Kohli. The priority right now should be to focus on starting your own career and playing your own game rather than trying to fill someone else’s shoes or emulate him. Creating your own style and approach is the smartest way forward,” Gaikwad said.

The 27-year-old opener has comfortably transitioned from opening bat to number three for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, stating that there is very little difference between the two positions.

“I am ready to bat wherever the team needs me. There is no problem with that. The difference between opening and batting at number three does not matter because you have to face the new ball in both positions. So the roles are quite similar,” he added.

Team India, who suffered a shocking defeat against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the series, cruised to a 100-run win to level the series with Gaikwad’s 77* in 47 balls and Abhishek Sharma’s maiden T20I century.