My style is different from Dhoni: Ruturaj

Ruturaj Gaikwad on Monday said he will lean on his own leadership style as he prepares to lead the Indian men’s team in its maiden Asian Games cricket campaign. India will be favourites for another gold medal in Hangzhou after the women’s team had clinched the ultimate prize a few days ago. Gaikwad and Co. will play their quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Gaikwad, who has established himself as a vital cog in Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, said he would like to give players freedom to express themselves.

“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,” Gaikwad told the media here ahead of India’s first game.

“I will try to be myself and not really look at what he usually does. Obviously, yes you have to pick out some things which he does really well, how he handles situations and how he handles particular players during a match.

“Obviously, these are (a) few things I really took from him, but I would like to lead the way I want to. I just want the players to express themselves and give how much ever freedom that I can.” India coach VVS Laxman said it would be a unique experience playing cricket in China.

“It is a much different setup,” Laxman said. “We (would) have not even thought that we will come and play cricket in China. It is a great opportunity for the entire team.


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