Ruturaj Gaikwad said after the practice session that, I am very happy. From the moment I came to know about it, the journey of my career came before my eyes, where did I start my journey and where do I want to reach .
Pune. Indian team Opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad on Friday said he would be confident in his ability to adapt quickly to conditions in the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The 24-year-old from Maharashtra is one of six newcomers in the 20-man squad to be picked up by Shikhar Dhawan for a series of three ODIs and as many T20Is on the tour of Sri Lanka from July 13 to July 25. “I am very happy,” Gaikwad said after a practice session here. From the moment I came to know about it, the journey of my career came before my eyes, where did I start my journey and where do I want to reach. I am I am full of emotions right now.” He said, “You think of the people who have supported you throughout the journey, be it my parents, friends or coaches. So obviously there is a feeling of pride for all and a matter of happiness for all.” The right-handed batsman averages over 47 in 59 List A matches and has a strike rate of over 130 in the T20 format.
Gaikwad feels that adapting to any situation in the game is his “core strength”. “My strength is to play according to the needs of the team, be it aggressively or according to the situation. Sometimes it has to be ensured that the team comes out of a difficult situation. I am adaptable to both offensive and defensive positions, that’s what I think is my strength.” The youngster, who has grown rapidly after his success with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said that he is back with Rahul Dravid again. who will be the head coach of the team. Dravid has previously coached the Indian Under-19 and A teams. “There will be limited opportunities on this tour but I am looking forward to learn as much as I can from this visit. There are experienced players in the team and obviously I will get a chance to associate with Rahul sir once again. Dravid) will get a chance to meet and talk. So it’s a lot more than performance and scorecard figures.” “Obviously if I get a chance, hopefully I can give my best and win matches for India. My biggest goal is to win for the Indian team or my country.
Gaikwad has shared the dressing room with legends like Faf du Plessis and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Chennai Super Kings team. He said, “Mahi bhai ke saath ki baat karoon toh, obviously whatever he says is always worth following. I heard he talked about me in the post-match presentation. I don’t talk much with him, he knows that I am a quiet and shy player.” He said, “Whenever Dhoni felt that I am under pressure, he used to come to me first and said that there is no need to worry. It’s not a matter.” Gaikwad can now join the list of great Maharashtra cricketers like Chandu Borde and Kedar Jadhav who played for India. He said that Jadhav has played an influential role in his journey. “Kedar (Jadhav) has been with me since the beginning of my journey, ever since my first-class career began and I think he has been very influential throughout the journey. He has always been encouraging me.
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