After missing gold in three big events, Indian spinner Rajeshwari is confident about IND-W winning the Asian Games 2023.
The Indian team has been very close to winning the gold medal in the Women’s Cricket’s Commonwealth Games which held in Birmingham last year but was failed in the attempt against Australia. It was the third defeat in big event finals in recent years
Rajeshwari Opens on India’s Chances at Winning Asian Games 2023
Rajeshwari Gayakwad is confident about the Indian women getting the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China. On having missed the gold medal in the commonwealth games, they are desperate to do the task.
The India side has qualified directly to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games based on their ICC T20I rankings.
On speaking about the upcoming Asian Games Rajeshwari said, “Definitely, we will get the gold medal in the Asian Games,” in an exclusive interview.
“We have played against all major opponents in the past, but not to dwell on that much, we have the trust in our team that we are capable of winning and clinching the gold medal,” she added.
Rajeshwari was not part of India’s tour of Bangladesh due to rehab, where they won the T20I series and tied for 1-1 in the ODI fixtures.
“I was in rehabilitation and on rest during the Bangladesh tour; it was not the case of me being dropped,” she stated.
“We have done some great work in the camp. We did not need to work on any specific areas but spoke about improving in those areas where we could have done better and focused only on that.”
“The focus has been on the overall game — from fielding to batting and bowling. The batters, though, tried to work on their stroke-making in particular.” Gayakwad said coming editions of the WPL will provide more match-time to the players.
“The WPL is a big thing for Indian cricket because it challenges us to take our cricket more seriously and we can improve more because there were not many opportunities in terms of match-time for us.”
“Playing for the Indian team directly from the domestic set-up was the only option, but going forward, there will be more matches which will only result in the betterment of women’s cricket in India.”
On sharing the memories with some of the biggest names in women’s cricket Gayakwad said “The one thing we learn from overseas players is their thought process, like how do they prepare themselves before a match.”
With 99 wickets, Gayakwad is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket but has no particular aim to finish at any spot in the list.
“Frankly speaking, I do not think about it. The idea is to take it one match at a time. I have not thought about getting here or there,” she said.