My focus is to guide India to win the gold medal, says Ruturaj Gaikwad
Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrating the wicket of Alex Carey of Australia during the 3rd One Day International match (ODI) between India and Australia held at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, India on the 27th September 2023 Photo by: Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Team India is playing against Nepal in today’s quarter-final of the Asian Games. Men in Blue led by Ruturaj Gaikwad have scored a massive 202/4 in 20 overs, thanks to Yashasvi Jaiswal who scored a scintillating century of just 49 balls. Gaikwad has the experience of leading a team, captaining Maharashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The 26-year-old cricketer now has an excellent opportunity to prove his worth as a captain by leading India to clinch a gold medal in the Asian Games.

I got to learn a lot of things from MS Dhoni but every person has a different style. His style is different, his personality is different and my personality is a bit different, Gaikwad said ahead of India’s first game. I will try to be myself and not really look at what he usually does, he added.

Obviously, yes you have to pick out some things that he does really well, how he handles situations and how he handles particular players during a match. Obviously, these are a few things I really took from him, but I would like to lead the way I want to. I just want the players to express themselves and give as much freedom as I can, Gaikwad expressed.

Coming to the Asian Games, everyone is eager to win the gold for the country and stand up on the podium, Gaikwad admitted. Coming here and going to the village, we really got to know about the athletes and what kinds of struggle they go through, he concluded.

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