New Delhi. Opener Rituraj Gaikwad, who has been selected in the 20-man Indian cricket team for the Sri Lanka tour, has said that he wants to learn a lot from Rahul Dravid on the upcoming tour. Gaikwad was initially unaware of the news of his selection in the team. He was on a bed in the hospital and had also switched off his mobile net so that no one would disturb him. However, after repeated calls, when he picked up the phone, he came to know about his selection in the team.
Gaikwad told Cricinfo, “I usually turn off my mobile net when I go to sleep. I know that if there is an urgent call, it will definitely come twice. Even when my phone was ringing continuously, I did not think that it was a matter of selection in the team. Then two journalists told me that I had been selected in the team.
He said, I had to tell my parents to wake them up. He was in a very deep sleep, and could not fully understand what I was telling him earlier. But this morning he was very happy and made some pedes (sweets) at home. This made me very happy.
Gaikwad said he was not sure whether he would get a chance to play on the Sri Lanka tour. But he is ready to capitalize on this opportunity and learn.
The opener said, I was not thinking much about my selection. Still I am not thinking whether I will play. I am eager to learn, something that will be very important going forward. I am also really looking forward to training and spending a month under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, who was our India-A coach when I was part of the team two years ago. He was with us on three tours, and we started getting to know each other. So when he was appointed as the head of the National Cricket Academy, I was personally disappointed that I am no longer able to learn from him. But now, it would be very useful for me to have a chance to do so. (IANS)
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