“If you look at my last two years they have been very progressive… you can’t judge it by the number of runs I have scored because the runs will go up and down. In my first IPL I scored 600 runs and in the next edition I scored 400 but people still say I didn’t have a good IPL.
“I think this is the standard I have set, there will be ups and downs. I just need to make sure I keep making progress as a person, as a player and as a cricketer. The main goal is to keep improving, which team anyway I’m with.
“Every day you go out for practice sessions, you try to improve and try to correct the mistakes you made,” said Gaikwad, who is part of the India ‘A’ team that will play three unofficial ODIs against New Zealand ‘A’ at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here from Thursday.
He scored 635 runs for Chennai Super Kings during their title-winning run in the 2021 edition of IPL and made people stand out with his graceful punching and ability to hit big shots too. In this year’s IPL, he scored 368 runs as the team struggled to impress.
The classy righthander who scored a ton in the third unofficial Test against New Zealand ‘A’ said he was looking forward to the opportunity to play in the one day game against the visiting Kiwis.
“I haven’t played much (recently) and even the three matches (the first-class match) were a great opportunity to play. It’s the same with the one-day series. I’m looking forward to a good chance to play, spend some time through the middle and enjoy,” said the 25-year-old.
About his century in the final ‘Test’ against New Zealand ‘A’, Gaikwad said: “I think it was good because I got to spend some time in the middle. I played red ball after a long time, so it was a bit challenging, but glad I made progress in the last two innings I played as I got out early.
“I don’t judge myself by the runs I’ve made. There was a change in mindset and a change in the thinking process. I can see I’ve made progress from the first two innings I played, my game awareness has improved due to what the red ball demands.”
He further said in red ball cricket, a batter cannot be as expressive as in white ball (game) and one has to put the team and the situation first.
“In white ball there is only one way to express yourself, but in red ball you can’t be as expressive as you want, because you have to put the team first, put the situation first, you have to put the bowlers first. you respect you have to give that time to yourself,” said Gaikwad.
When asked what it was like working for VVS Laxman, the India ‘A’ coach, and what he learned from him, the Maharashtra batter said the former Test maestro was someone who gave him a lot of confidence.
“He’s always been a great support…he doesn’t go into too much technicality. He’s been a mainstay from the Ireland tour and even now. He’s someone who gives a lot of confidence and makes sure you show your ability supports,” Gaikwad added.
When talking about ‘A’ tours, he said that they were a great opportunity and also a challenge and that it gave you an idea of what it was like to play at a higher level.
“I think ‘A’ tour(s) are more like an international tour to me because in domestic cricket you are familiar with most of the opponents and I’ve played them all my career. But in ‘A’ tour I your players you haven’t played enough against and don’t know their strengths and it’s one step lower to represent 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 deal with pressure. I think it’s a great opportunity and also a big challenge,” he added. he to it.