CSK raising superstar Ruturaj Gaikwad has signed a multi-year deal with sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures. The baseline will now be managing all the commercial interests of Gaikwad.
Ruturaj Gaikwad signed with Baseline Ventures
💥NEW SIGNING ALERT💥
A big warm welcome to the supremely talented #IndiaA & #CSK batsman, Ruturaj Gaikwad to the Baseline family. Very excited to have you on board @Ruutu1331 and we look forward to a great partnership. 😀🤝#RuturajGaikwad #TeamBaseline #NewSigning 🏏 pic.twitter.com/khVgiX7o6V
— Baseline Ventures (@baselineventure) November 5, 2020
“Baseline represents some of the biggest athletes from our country and therefore I am very excited to be represented by them. They are one of the best sports marketing companies in India and have helped many young talents move forward in the right direction and build their careers. I look forward to a fantastic partnership with them,” Gaikwad said.
Gaikwad – New opener for CSK?
The 23-year-old made his first-class debut against Jharkhand in 2016. Since then, the top-order batsman has scored six centuries and four half-centuries in his first-class career.
Gaikwad was roped by CSK in IPL 2019 for the price of 20 Lakhs. In the 13th edition of IPL held in UAE after undergoing COVID-19 infection, Gaikwad struggled in the first three matches and makes his comeback in the last three matches.
Though CSK has kicked out of IPL 2020 before entering the playoff they found a new opener for the replacement of Shane Watson. As Watson has announced his IPL retirement Gaikwad will open for CSK in IPL 2021.
The youngster, who scored 204 runs in six matches at a healthy average of 51.00 this season, became the first uncapped Indian to score three consecutive fifties in the IPL.
Baseline Ventures statement on Ruturaj
“Ruturaj is one of the most promising young batsmen in India, an opinion shared by so many greats of world cricket and Indian cricket legends. His performance in IPL 2020 completely showed his class with a record of three back to back 50+ 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,” said Baseline Ventures Managing Director Tuhin Mishra.
Baseline Ventures sponsored athletes
Baseline also represents top women athletes like PV Sindhu(Badminton), Nikhat Zareen(woman boxer), Joshna Chinappa(squash), Deepika Kumari(Archery), along with a handful of female cricketers like Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma & Radha Yadav.
They also represent some of the top male athletes like Pankaj Advani(billiards and snooker), Saurav Ghosal(squash), Sathiyan Gnanasekaran(table tennis), Sardar Singh(former hockey player), Saurabh Chaudhry(Indian sport shooter), Amit Panghal(boxer), cricketers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, & many more.