The Indian men’s cricket team headed to Hangzhou, China, for the Asia Cup 2023, which coincides with the ODI World Cup. A second-string squad, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, has been selected due to the scheduling conflict.
India will enter the quarter-finals on October 3 at Hangzhou’s Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, and they are seen as the favorites for the tournament.
The BCCI posted on their official social media handle to inform about the Indian men’s cricket team’s departure for the Asian Games. Pictures featuring head coach VVS Laxman and captain Ruturaj Gaikwad were shared.
Cricketer Rinku Singh also posted images on his Instagram, showing their journey to China. Additionally, Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra was pictured with Rinku Singh and some other cricketers.
I would expect them to come back with the gold medal: WV Raman’s thoughts on the India men’s cricket team before the 2023 Asian Games
WV Raman, a former Indian cricketer, has high hopes for the men’s team to secure the gold medal at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team has already achieved gold by defeating Sri Lanka in the final on September 25th.
“It’s a strong side as well because all of them have been really doing well in all formats that they’ve been playing – be it the IPL, domestic cricket or sporadic appearances for the main side.”
“They’ve been doing really well, so it’s a very strong side and quite obviously I would expect them to come back with the gold medal,” he said on Sony Sports Network.
Regarding the strength and depth of the men’s cricket team, Raman further commented:
“It gives us a measure of how strong the system is and gives us a measure of what kind of depth we have as far as talent is concerned in this country.”
”It’s also good that these cricketers are going to play in the Asian games and will get game time, as I said earlier. It’s because if they are not to be concurrent, who knows how many of them would’ve been going to play in the Asian games.”