The Board of Control for Cricket in India has already announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming Asian Games which will be played at Hangzhou, China. India opener Ruturaj Gaikwad will lead the side.
Jitesh Sharma who is also the part of the team opened up on his selection said that getting selected for the Asiad is going to be a life-changing experience for him.
The wicketkeeper batsman reckoned that they would get the vibe of Milkha Singh Movie and also said that it would be an absolute privilege to walk with the top sportspersons.
“Milkha Singh ka movie jaisa vibe aayega jab saare ladke walk karenge. It will be an absolute privilege to walk with the top sportspersons of our country,” Jitesh told The Indian Express.
The 29-year-old also wants to meet India’s Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra calls him idol.
“I want to meet Neeraj Chopra. He is an idol. He has won an Olympic gold, I don’t think anything can beat that. I want to meet him and will try to talk about his mentality. Playing individual sports is a difficult task. In cricket, you are always surrounded by ten people; you always get that moral support. But in an individual sport, you are on your own out there.
Jitesh also said that it would be a very good experience to be in the games village with other athletes.
“It will be a very good experience to be in the games village with other athletes, have breakfast with them, and train with them in the gym. Understanding their routine and how they got into their business. In cricket tournaments, you don’t get to live those experiences. It will be a life-changing experience for me,” he added.
India Squad For Asian Games: Ruturaj Gaikwad (Captain), 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 list of players: Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sai Sudarsan