Young India opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, while talking about his international career, said that it has been progressive and that’s what he wants as “an individual and a professional player”.
Gaikwad made his T20 International (T20I) debut for India against Sri Lanka in January 2021. So far he has played 8 T20Is for India and scored 135 runs at an average of 16.9 and a strike rate of 123.8, including one fifty. In the recently concluded five-match T20I series against South Africa, the opening batter struggled for runs.
Speaking to the broadcaster in Dublin ahead of the commencement of the first T20I against Ireland, Gaikwad talked about his international career. He said:
“It has been a good learning curve for me. Representing India at the top most level is what you want to do. You learn a lot playing with top players, so it has been good till now, hopefully it will continue. It (career) has been really progressive that is what I want as an individual and a professional player. I hope that I continue.”
Hardik has been captaining really well for his IPL side – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Gaikwad was asked about playing under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, who is leading India for the first time in his career, to which he replied by saying that he is excited to play under the leadership of the star all-rounder.
“Hardik has been captaining really well for his IPL side. Excited to play under him in these conditions. It’s challenging (to bat here) but it’s an opportunity to play 20 overs as well,” Gaikwad said.
“Really good to be here (Ireland). Many of them back home come here to play club cricket. Interesting to play in this country. The preparation went really well, just came here to get acclimatized and have a small hit,” he further said.
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