Ruturaj Gaikwad has signed a multi-year deal with sports marketing and talent management firm, Baseline Ventures, which will be managing all commercial interests fo the cricketer.
Pune born Ruturaj made his first-class debut against Jharkhand in 2016. Since then, the top-order batsman has scored 6 centuries and 4 half-centuries in his first-class career. The 23-year-old, who was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 20 lakh in the IPL 2019 auction, was one of the shining lights for the franchise in IPL 2020 with three consecutive half-centuries in the team’s last three matches of the league.
The youngster, who notched 204 runs in 6 matches at a healthy average of 51.00 this season, became the first uncapped Indian to score three consecutive fifties in the IPL.
“Baseline represents some of the biggest athletes from our country and therefore I am very excited to be represented by them. They have helped many young talents move forward in the right direction and build their careers. I look forward to a fantastic partnership with them,” said Gaikwad.
Tuhin Mishra, managing director, Baseline Ventures, said, “Gaikwad is one of the most promising young batsmen in India, an opinion shared by so many greats of world and Indian cricket legends. His performance in IPL 2020 completely showed his class with a record of three back to back 50 plus scores which has never happened in the history of IPL with an uncapped Indian player. It’s an honour for us to manage him going forward and we hope it’s a great association.”