“I will try to be myself”- Ruturaj Gaikwad doesn’t want to emulate MS Dhoni’s captaincy style in Asian Games
By SMCS - Oct 2, 2023 8:00 pm
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Star India player Ruturaj Gaikwad has been named as India’s captain for the men’s cricket event in the ongoing Asian Games 2022. He is a key player of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and spent a lot of time with the legendary MS Dhoni there as well and it is obvious to feel that he will want to lead the team like Dhoni as well. However, while Gaikwad said some of the qualities of leadership that he has learnt from Dhoni, he still wants to apply his own in the ongoing Asian Games as well.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad told the media about MS Dhoni: “I got to learn a lot of things from him (Dhoni) but every person has a different style. His style is different, his personality is different and my personality is a bit different. I will try to be myself, and not really look at what he usually does.”

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He again shared, “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. I just want the players to express themselves and give how much ever freedom that I can.”

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VVS Laxman

Meanwhile, former legendary Indian batter VVS Laxman, who has been named the coach of the men’s cricket team, opined on the feeling among players in representing the country for the first time in this mega event as well.

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“Participating in the Asian Games is a big opportunity and a matter of great pride for all these players. I am really looking forward to this tournament. Gaikwad said the players are eager to win the gold medal like their women counterparts. Coming here and going to the village, we really got to know about the athletes — what kinds of struggle they go through. We took a lot of pride from yesterday’s visit and obviously got to know how special it is — obviously, we do know but it just reflected a little bit more to represent the country,” he concluded.