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Asian Games 2023: Yashasvi and Rinku in the Indian Squad, Ruturaj to Captain the Team for Hangzhou

Ruturaj Gaikwad will be the Captain and Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh are in the Indian squad to represent the Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou. Get all the latest updates about the upcoming Asian Games cricket tournament.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad to represent Team India as Captain in Asian Games 2023 at Hangzhou

Cricket fans in India have a lot to cheer about as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian Men's Cricket Team for the upcoming Asian Games 2023, which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8. The Indian cricket team will field a second-string team at the Hangzhou Games due to the ICC Men's ODI World Cup starting in India on October 5. Despite the absence of first-team regulars like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the Indian team will have a formidable line-up featuring several promising young guns. The 26-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will lead the Indian team at the Asian Games 2023.

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Meet the Young Guns: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh
Two young players who have caught the attention of cricket fans in India are Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh. Both have been included in the Indian Men's Cricket Team for the upcoming Asian Games 2023. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, has been in top form in recent times. He was included in the Indian squad for the ongoing Test series against the West Indies, where he scored a century on debut. Rinku Singh, who played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, also had an impressive season, where he played some feisty knocks and made headlines.

The Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023
The Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023 will feature several promising young players who have been in top form in the IPL. Apart from Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh, the team will have Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, and Prabhsimran Singh.

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The T20 Format
The men's cricket event at the Asian Games 2023 will be played in the T20 format. All the matches will be played at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field. This is the second time the Indian Men's Cricket Team will play in a multi-sport event. The Indian team played at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in a 50-over format. The matches, however, were not accorded international status and were recorded as List A games.

The Defending Champions
Cricket has been played at the Asian Games twice before – at Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014. Bangladesh won the first edition, while Sri Lanka are the defending champions. Afghanistan were runners-up on both occasions. India has named teams – both men and women – for the Asian Games cricket competition for the first time.

The Standby Players
Apart from the 15-member Indian Men's Cricket Team, the BCCI has also announced five standby players for the upcoming Asian Games 2023. The standby players are Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, and Sai Sudarsan.

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The Captain
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has been named the captain of the Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023, is a talented opening batsman who has been in top form in the IPL. He has been playing for the Chennai Super Kings since 2019 and has impressed everyone with his consistent performances.

The Road Ahead
The inclusion of promising young players like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh in the Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023 is a testament to the growing talent pool in Indian cricket. The BCCI's decision to field a second-string team at the Hangzhou Games will provide an excellent opportunity for these young players to showcase their skills on the international stage. With Rahul Dravid at the helm, the Indian team will be looking to put up a strong performance and bring home the gold medal.

Asian Games 2023 Indian men’s cricket team - full squad
Team India Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma(wk), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wk)

Standby Players: Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sai Sudarsan

Conclusion
The Indian Men's Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023 is a mix of experience and youth, with several promising young players getting an opportunity to represent their country on the international stage. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh are two such players who have been in top form in recent times and have earned their place in the Indian team. With the T20 format, the Hangzhou Games will provide an excellent opportunity for these young players to showcase their skills and make a mark on the international stage. Under the guidance of coach Rahul Dravid, the Indian team will be looking to put up a strong performance and bring home the gold medal.

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