Gujarat Fortunegiants are currently in red-hot form and are placed second in Zone A behind U Mumbai with 42 points from 10 matches. While star Tanwar has been leading the raiding department with fantastic performance, their defense has been able to put up some brilliant performance and help team win matches.
With corners Abozar Mighani and Fazel Athrachali no longer part of the side, it looked like Gujarat side missed the cutting edge, but under the guidance of coach Manpreet Singh, the young defense have so far put up a good show. One of them is Ruturaj Koravi who has been performing well in defense for the Fortunegiants.
Today we look at some unknown facts about the star player who has surprised everyone with his performance. Ruturaj hails from Kolhapur and was passionate about wrestling and handball in his early years. The player comes from a sporting background as his family was involved in sports. His mother played Kabaddi as a national player and his father, Shivaji Koravi was also a sportsperson in his prime.
Ruturaj’s hard work and eagerness to do well helped him to play for Mahindra team in Mumbai. After putting some dominating performance on the mat, he found himself playing at Kolhapur district level and then going on to represent Maharashtra at the state level.
During the national tournament, Ruturaj outshined the likes of experienced campaigners such as Rishank Devadiga, Nitin Madane, Girish Ernak to make a name for himself on the mat. He was fearless against superstars like Pardeep Narwal and Rahul Chaudhary as he helped his team win the title after a gap of 11 years.
The strength of Ruturaj has been his ability to score points in super tackle opportunities and counters the attack of the raiders with his perfectly timed double knee holds.
He was snapped up by the Gujarat Fortune Giants at a huge amount of ₹30.4 lakh rupees in the auction and he repaid the faith shown by coach Manpreet Singh, who is his idol. Having let go of Iranian stars Fazel Athrachali and Abozar Mighani, Ruturaj has stood like a wall for Fortunegiants scoring 25 points in just 10 games.
With a beasty defense at their disposal and consistent performance by Ruturaj can help Gujarat reach finals for second consecutive season.