Experienced Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan responded to Cheteshwar Pujara’s Instagram post showcasing his batting practice on September 27. Both players are presently not part of the Indian teams in various formats.
Pujara is focusing on domestic cricket and the County Championship to earn a place back in the Indian Test side after returning from his stint with Sussex in England.
The 35-year-old cricketer is currently engaged in rigorous net practice to prepare for the forthcoming Irani Trophy. He offered fans a sneak peek into his batting practice by posting a video on his Instagram account.
Pujara included a caption for the post: “Back to the grind! Gearing up for #IraniTrophy.”
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In response to the post, Shikhar Dhawan playfully advised Pujara to relax a bit and give the younger players a chance. Dhawan’s comment read:
“Bhai bas kar youngster ko bhi khelne de ab. Irani se Tere liye Naani Trophy ho gayi hai (Bro take it easy, give the youngsters some chance now)”
“I have not spoken to any selector” – Shikhar Dhawan discussed his future in international cricket
Dhawan mentioned that he hasn’t had discussions with Indian selectors regarding his future. He hasn’t been part of the Indian ODI team since the series against Bangladesh in December last year. Additionally, the emergence of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan has influenced the selectors to consider other options over the experienced Dhawan.
In a conversation with PTI after not being chosen for the Indian team at the Asian Games, Dhawan stated: “When my name was not there (for Asian Games), I was a bit shocked. But, then, I was like they have a different thought process, you just have to accept it. Happy that Rutu (Gaikwad) will lead the side. All the young boys are there, I am sure they will do well. I will be ready, of course. That is why I keep myself fit.”
Dhawan added: “There is always a chance whether it is one percent or 20 percent. I still enjoy training and I still enjoy the game, these are the things in my control. Whatever decision is made, I respect that.”
”I have not spoken to any selector (about my future). I keep going to NCA. I enjoy my time there, the facilities are great. NCA has shaped my career and I am grateful for it. Also I have to prepare for the IPL.”