For many young players of Indian cricket, Thursday proved to be a memorable day. The Indian team selected for the Sri Lanka tour included players like Rituraj Gaikwad, Devadat Padikkal and Chetan Zakaria. Rituraj, who performed well this year for Chennai Super Kings under Dhoni’s leadership, was very pleased with his selection. “I will try my best to adapt to the conditions of the Sri Lanka tour,” the Maharashtra batsman said.
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Gaekwad later said, “I am very happy. From the moment I knew about it, my career journey came to a close. I started my journey and where I want to be. I am filled with emotions now. The right-handed batsman has an average of more than 47 in 59 List A matches and a strikeout rate of over 130 in T20 format.
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Gaekwad believes that his biggest strength is to adapt to any situation in the game. He said, ‘My strength is to play offensively or in accordance with the situation. Sometimes the team has to make sure they get out of a difficult situation. I can adapt to the offensive and defensive positions, which I think is my strength. While playing under Rahul Dravid, Gaekwad said, “There are limited opportunities on this tour but I look forward to learning as much as I can from this tour.” The team has experienced players and I will get a chance to collaborate with Rahul sir again. The last tour of India A was almost a year and a half ago, so it was an opportunity to meet and talk to him (Rahul Dravid) once again. So it’s more than just performance and scorecard stats.