Dhawan reacts to being replaced by Rahul as India captain for Zimbabwe ODIs | Cricket

He has been earmarked for only one format and is clearly a backup chief within the greater scheme of issues however Shikhar Dhawan isn’t perturbed by the plan chalked out for him. Taking over the cost from Hardik Pandya, Dhawan is eager on utilizing the momentum of successful the T20I rubber within the three-match ODI collection in opposition to New Zealand, starting Friday in Auckland.

Dhawan usually comes into the image solely when senior gamers like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are rested. He was chosen captain for the tour of Zimbabwe however Rahul was given cost as soon as he was medically cleared for the collection. Such selections may be demotivating however Dhawan chooses not to learn an excessive amount of into it.

“I wasn’t hurt. Because whatever happens, happens for the good. I got to captain in the series against South Africa. That too happened because of the selectors,” mentioned Dhawan within the pre-match press convention in Auckland on Thursday. “I don’t feel bad if some things don’t go my way. That’s how I think.”

“I consider myself very fortunate that I am getting captaincy at this juncture of my career. It feels good to grab this challenge. We have won quite a few good series with a young team. With KL, since he is vice-captain in the main team, and since he was going to Asia Cup and if Rohit got injured, it’s better he gets to practise for it in Zimbabwe. That was the right thing to do.”

Once a daily in all three codecs, Dhawan has been quietly phased out of Tests (he final performed in 2018) and T20Is (July, 2021 was his final look, within the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka when the Test workforce was in England for the World Championship ultimate) in favour of solely ODIs. The white-ball top-order has been a quagmire for India for a while now however Dhawan remains to be within the reckoning partly as a result of he’s left-handed and partly due to the immense expertise he brings on the prime with Rohit Sharma up to now.

Dhawan nevertheless is aware of he has to hold performing to stay within the dialog. “I don’t take anything for granted. It’s good that it keeps me on my toes.” Given the paucity of ODIs in non-World Cup years, Dhawan stays off the grid extra time today however he’s eager on letting that have an effect on his mindset. “It totally depends on the individual,” mentioned Dhawan when he was requested how tough it’s to keep motivated and ready for one format. “I see it as a blessing because when I get time off I stay more fresh, stronger. When I was playing three formats, there was much more cricket. Now of course we have lots of players in different formats. It’s a challenge as well but I ensure to keep myself in that groove. Whenever I enter, I have to be at the pace of the team. Otherwise I will be left behind.”

Winning a white-ball collection in New Zealand is not any imply achievement and Dhawan is aware of the onus is on him as captain to end the tour on a excessive. “To play good cricket and win the series, that’s what we are looking for,” he mentioned. “Of course it’s good exposure for the young boys, to do well in New Zealand, test their skills. It’s been raining as well, and the ball has been moving so it’s a good opportunity for us to show our skills. This preparation is all about the World Cup.”


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