CSK star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad is set to miss the WTC 2023 Final due to his marriage as RR opening batter Yashasvi Gaikwad will replace him as the standby player in the squad. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s marriage will take place on June 3-4 and he won’t be able to join the team before June 5.
Ruturaj Gaikwad marriage: CSK star set to get married in the first week on June
The BCCI had earlier added Ruturaj Gaikwad as a stand-by opener for the WTC Final as the team has constantly faced injury issues in the past few months. The CSK batter informed the BCCI that he could join the team after June 5, but coach Rahul Dravid sought a replacement.
“He (Jaiswal) will be joining the Indian team as Gaikwad has informed us that he won’t be able to fly due to his marriage. He would be able to join the team post-June 5. (But) Coach Rahul Dravid took a call, asking the selectors to pick a replacement. So, Jaiswal will now fly to London soon,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Gaikwad will marry his longtime acquaintance Utkarsha. The couple was spotted together in a gym last year but Utkarsha continues to be a mystery to the public as the young batter hasn’t posted more pictures of them together. They have supposedly been together for a couple of years. Ruturaj Gaikwad marriage is scheduled on June 3-4.
RR opener Yashasvi Jaiswal showed great form in IPL 2023 for his side Rajasthan Royals. He scored 625 runs in 14 games including a heroic ton against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium and is amongst the Top-5 run-getters. He also managed to score 404 runs in 5 games in the Ranji Trophy.
The Indian team management has asked the RR opener to start practicing with the red ball and as he already holds a UK visa and will be flying to London in a few days. The Indian team has left for London in batches. Players like Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav have already started training in London.
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan will leave for London on May 28 while Suryakumar Yadav will depart on May 30th with Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja, who will play the IPL final on Sunday. The WTC final will begin on June 7 at the Oval Cricket Stadium in London.