Overwhelmed by emotion after receiving his call for a girl in India, batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad said on Friday that he would rely on his ability to adapt quickly when trying to impress during an upcoming Sri Lankan tour.
The 24-year-old from Maharashtra is one of six unlimited players named to the 20-member limited-set team against Sri Lanka next month. The Shikhar Davanthe team will play three ODIs and three T-20 matches between July 13 and 25.
“I’m just happy. From the moment I found out about him, you know that a journey is coming before your eyes, that from where you started and where you wanted to go … it’s quite an emotional feeling,” Gaikwad told PTI. after his net hands-on session near here.
“You think of people who have supported you throughout the journey, be it my parents, friends or coaches. So, obviously a proud feeling for everyone and a happy feeling for everyone,” he said.
The right-hander has averaged more than 47 in the 59 A-list games he has played and has a hit rate of over 130 in the T20 format.
Gaikwad feels adapted to any situation in the game is his “main strength”.
“… whether it’s attacking or playing according to the situation, taking some time or making sure your team crosses the line, the way I adapt to both situations, that’s what I think is more common is my strength, “he said.
The young man who rose to prominence after his successful stay with IPL of the Chennai Super Kings, said he was looking to reconnect with Rahul Dravid, who will be the team’s head coach. In the past, Dravid has coached Indian under-19 teams and A.
“Opportunities will be limited, but I’m just happy to learn from this journey as much as I can. There are experienced players in the group and obviously once again I will have a chance to reconnect with Rahul Sir,” he said.
“The last tour in India took place a year and a half ago, so again there is a chance to regroup with him (Rahul Dravid) to talk about the game, so there is much more than just a presentation or a scorecard.
“Obviously, if I get the chance, just hoping that I can do my best and want to win a match for India. One of my biggest goals is to win for the Indian team or my country.”
Gaikwad shared the locker room with others Faf du Plessis and Mahendra Singh Doni at CSK and he believes he learned a few things from the duo.
“I think with Mahi Bhai, obviously whatever he says always attracts attention and I heard him talk about me in the post-match presentation and everything, I don’t talk to him much, he knows I’m a quiet and shy person.” , he said.
“When he (Dhoni) thinks I’m under the pump or under pressure, he’s the first to come and ask me, ‘Do you feel anything like that and don’t have to worry,'” he recalls.
“Even last year there was a situation where I started badly in IPL, so he was the first to show up and ask me to relax and enjoy the game … it calmed my nerves a bit and helped me enjoy per game.
“There is a lot of data that he gave me all the time and it not only helped in cricket, but also helped me in life,” he said.
Gaikwad joins Maharashtra’s famous list of cricketers such as Chandu Borde and Kedar Jadhavwho played for India.
He said Yadhav played an influential role in his journey.
“Kedar (Yadhav) has been with me from the very beginning of my journey, from the moment my first-class career began, and I think he had a great influence throughout the journey … he always encouraged me.”