I don’t judge myself on runs I score, want to keep improving as player: Ruturaj Gaikwad | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Seeking to continue growing as a player, the Indian striker Ruturaj Gaikwad said on Tuesday that he does not judge himself based on the number of points scored by him.
“If you look at my last two years they’ve been very progressive…you can’t judge by how many points I’ve scored because points will go up and down. In my first IPL I scored 600 points and in the next edition I scored 400 but people always say I didn’t have a good IPL.
“I think that’s the standard I’ve set, there will be ups and downs. I just have to make sure that I keep improving as a human being, as a player and a cricketer. The main goal is to keep improving any team I’m with.
“Every day you go out for training sessions, you try to improve and correct the mistakes you have made,” said Gaikwad, who is part of India’s ‘A’ team which will play three unofficial ODIs. versus New Zealand ‘A’ au MA Chidambaram Stadium here from Thursday.
He scored 635 carries for Chennai Super Kings in their title winning run in the 2021 edition of IPL and got people noticed with his graceful striking and ability to hit big shots too. In this year’s IPL, he scored 368 points as the team struggled to make an impact.
The stylish right-hander who scored a ton in the unofficial third Test against New Zealand ‘A’ says he was looking forward to the opportunity to play in the matchdays against the visiting Kiwis.
“I haven’t played much (lately) and even the three matches (the first-class match) have been a great opportunity to play. So it’s the same with the one-day series. looking forward to a good opportunity to play, hang out in the middle and enjoy,” the 25-year-old said.
On his century in the last ‘Test’ against New Zealand ‘A’, Gaikwad said: “I think it was good because I spent time in the middle. I was playing red ball after a long time so it was a little difficult but happy to have progressed from the last two sets I played when I came out early.
“I don’t judge myself on the races I have done. There has been a change in mindset and a change in thought process. I can see that I have improved from the first two races I’ve played, my awareness of the game has improved according to what the red ball requires.”
He further stated that in red-ball cricket, a batter cannot be as expressive as in white-ball (play) and one must put the team and the situation first.
“In the white ball there’s only one way to express yourself, but in the red ball you can’t be as expressive as you want because you have to put the team first, put situation first, you have to respect the bowlers for you. I have to give that time to yourself,” Gaikwad said.
Asked about how Indian ‘A’ coach VVS Laxman worked and what he learned from him, the Maharashtra striker said the former Test maestro was the one who gave him a lot of confidence.
“He’s always been a great support… he doesn’t go into the technical stuff too much. He’s been a mainstay of support right from the Irish tour and even now. He’s someone who gives a lot of confidence and ensures that you are supporting your capacity,” Gaikwad added.
Addressing the “A” tours, he said they were a great opportunity and a challenge as well and gave a sense of what it was like to play at a higher level.
“I think the ‘A’ tours are more like an international tour for me because in domestic cricket you know most of the opponents and I’ve played them throughout my career. But in the ‘A’ tour, you have players you haven’t played enough against and don’t know what their strengths are and that’s one step below representing your country.
“I think it makes a huge difference and you get an idea of ​​what it’s like to play at a higher level and how to handle the pressure. I think it’s a great opportunity and a great challenge as well,” said he added.

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