Chennai Super Kings’ star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was on Friday named the captain of the Indian men’s cricket team for the Asian Games in Hangzhou in China. While earlier reports had speculated that veteran India batter Shikhar Dhawan could lead in the September 19 to to October 8 event, the BCCI selectors named Gaikwad, who has been doing quite well in the IPL. Talented middle-order batter Rinku Sigh got his maiden call-up for the national team, while JItesh Sharma has been selected at the wicketkeeper of the squad.
Clearly, the composition of the side shows that the BCCI selectors have gone with young players. Among the other big names who have got a chance are Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored 171 on his Test debut against West Indies. Tilak Varma, Ravi Bishnoi, Shivam Dube, Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh – all of whom are popular names in the IPL – are part of the Asian Games squad.
“The Men’s Selection Committee has picked India’s squad for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 to be held from 19th September to 8th October 2023 at Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field. The men’s cricket competition will take place from 28th September to 8th October in a T20 format,” the BCCI said in a release.