Asian Games 2023: VVS Laxman to Lead Indian Men’s Cricket Team, Hrishikesh Kanitkar to Head Women’s Team
In a significant development, the Indian cricket contingent for the much-anticipated Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, is set to be led by renowned former cricketers VVS Laxman and Hrishikesh Kanitkar for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively. The duo’s appointments are an exciting announcement as they gear up for this prestigious multi-sport event. Here’s a closer look at their roles and the overall preparations for the upcoming tournament.
VVS Laxman: Head Coach for the Indian Men’s Cricket Team
Former Indian batting sensation VVS Laxman will be the head coach for the Indian men’s cricket team at the Asian Games in 2023. Laxman, whose commitment to the sport is widely acknowledged, brings a wealth of experience. Notably, due to pre-existing commitments at the National Cricket Academy, Laxman couldn’t accompany the men’s team to Ireland. However, the Asian Games present an excellent platform for him to guide and inspire the team.
Support Staff for the Men’s Team
Assisting Laxman will be a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to enhancing the team’s performance. Former Indian leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule is set to take on the role of bowling coach, imparting his invaluable expertise to the squad’s bowlers. Additionally, the team’s fielding prowess will be refined under the guidance of Munish Bali, a respected figure in the field of fielding coaching.
Hrishikesh Kanitkar: Leading the Indian Women’s Cricket Team
The Indian women’s cricket team’s preparations for the Asian Games are under the capable leadership of Hrishikesh Kanitkar. With his vast understanding of the game and strategic insight, Kanitkar is well-equipped to guide the team toward success. It’s worth noting that Kanitkar served as the interim coach for the India women’s team during the Women’s T20 World Cup, showcasing his ability to lead in high-stakes scenarios.
Support Staff for the Women’s Team
Kanitkar’s coaching team comprises seasoned individuals committed to honing the team’s skills. Assisting him in shaping a competitive bowling unit is Rajib Dutta, the bowling coach, who brings a wealth of technical insights. Subhadeep Ghosh, a dedicated fielding coach, will be instrumental in enhancing the team’s agility and performance on the field.
Anticipation for the Return of Cricket at the Asian Games 2023
Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await cricket’s return to the Asian Games arena after its absence in the 2018 edition. The introduction of cricket to the Asian Games was first witnessed in 2010 in Guangzhou, China. However, this year marks a special occasion as India’s cricketing prowess is showcased at the event. Bolstered by impressive rankings in both the men’s and women’s categories, the Indian teams have secured a direct entry into the quarterfinals.
Cricket Schedule and Venue
The women’s cricket event quarterfinals are slated to commence on September 21, 2023, followed by the men’s quarterfinals on October 3. All the exciting cricket action will unfold at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field, the designated venue for the matches. From September 19 to October 7, athletes from various nations will converge on this field, vying for the coveted gold medals in the exhilarating sport of cricket.
The Asian Games 2023 is poised to showcase cricketing talent and competitive spirit. With VVS Laxman and Hrishikesh Kanitkar at the helm, the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams are all set to make their mark on this grand stage. As the excitement builds, fans worldwide eagerly await the unfolding of this enthralling cricket saga.