Ruturaj Gaikwad was selected in the Indian squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka next month in July. The Maharashtra batsman wasn’t quite aware of the news until his phone started ringing continuously late in the night. The BCCI announced the news and revealed the squad late in the night, when Ruturaj was just about to sleep.
Speaking about his selection and his first reaction along with his family’s, Ruturaj revealed that everyone in his family is an early bird and they wake up early in the morning. He also disclosed that he turns off his mobile data every night and thus, he missed the news of his selection.
“When I go to sleep, I generally switch off mobile data. I know if it’s an emergency, someone will generally call twice. When my phones started ringing continuously, I wasn’t first sure what it was,” Gaikwad said.
“Then two journalists informed me of my selection.”
“I had to wake my parents up to tell them. They were quite deep in sleep and weren’t fully able to process what I was telling them at first. But this morning they woke up really happy and made some sweets at home, and I was happy to make an exception and have them to celebrate the happy news,” he added.
Ruturaj has been a part of India’s robust domestic structure governed by none other than Rahul Dravid. He has been the most influential person in the development of Indian cricket over the past two years. Dravid will now travel with the Indian team in the absence of Ravi Shastri, who is with the first-choice cricketers in England.
When asked about the excitement to play under the mentorship of Rahul Dravid again, Ruturaj said, “I am also really excited to train and spend a month under Rahul Dravid, who was our India A coach when I was part of the team two years ago. So, getting a chance to do that [pick Dravid’s brain] will be very useful for me.”