The veteran tennis player has been reduced to a singles player in the national shirt and has expressed a desire to represent India at the 2023 ODI World Cup.
With the format evolving and encouraging quick start, Dhawan remains rooted in the traditional approach of steady and gradual acceleration. Skipper Rohit Sharma has advocated a modern approach fueled by brutal aggression and has led by example in recent encounters.
The left-hander struggled on a recent tour of England, where he scored 41 runs in three matches. Ventured into the ODI setup after six months, Dhawan struggled to find rhythm in the first contest at The Oval, while Rohit Sharma showed his full potential on the other end.
The Delhi smash scored 54-31 and shared an undefeated opening 114-match partnership with Rohit (76) to lead India home in the match.
Declaring that the coaching staff would assist the player should he need to change his way of hitting the ball, a member of the selection committee told InsideSport:
“There is no problem between Shikhar and Rohit. It’s just that the two have different ideas. It’s not a bad thing. But yes, we will have a sit-down with Shikhar perhaps after the Zimbabwe tour to understand his future plans. If he needs to change his batting, Vikram and Rahul will be there to talk to him. We will not interfere. “
His strike rate is an important key point when it comes to the game’s shortest form. He eventually lost his place to the likes of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan despite having a continuous track record in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“With KL Rahul, Shubman and Ishan around, Dhawan will need to understand that need” – India team picker
While the experienced hitter holds the perfect chemistry with Rohit at the top of the order, their approach is diametrically opposed. Southpaw is in dire need of an improved approach to batting to fend off competition from Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul. With more than 50 World Cups not too far away, he will have to seize opportunities with both hands and make some important runs under his belt.
Declaring that the veteran hitter is in good dispute at the moment, the picker said:
“There is no reason to panic. Shikhar is doing very well. Well, the need of the game now is such that you will have to quickly get rid of the blocks. With KL, Shubman and Ishan around, Dhawan will need to understand that need. I’m sure, he’ll do just fine,”
The next Delhi beater will be seen leading Team India in the third ODI match against the West Indies on Wednesday (July 27) at Queen’s Park Oval.
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