Shikhar Dhawan should be certainly proud of his outings in limited overs in recent times. Two man of the tournament awards in a span of two months for ‘Gabbar’ certainly shows the level to which he has upgraded his game to the next level. Consistency with a blend of class and destruction has been executed flawlessly by him and his performances reflect the same.
However, Shikhar hasn’t been included in the Australian tour for the longer formats. The BCCI included youngster Prithvi Shaw for the home series against Windies as they weren’t convinced with the former’s knocks at England. As Shaw showed his brilliance in his maiden innings with a debut hundred, the selectors put faith in him by giving him an opportunity for the Australian down under.
Speaking on his exclusion from the test team, Dhawan admitted that he was a bit down at the beginning but he moved on from the snub thus enhancing his focus in a limited-overs career. “Yes, I was a bit sad but I have moved on and I am in a good frame of mind. I am in a happy positive mood. I am enjoying my game. I have got a bit off time and I am going to enjoy my training and get myself, fitter. I am happy and once I am happy things go well for me. ” Dhawan was quoted saying ESPNCricinfo.com.
Dhawan also shared his views on India’s chances for winning the test series against a ‘puzzled’ Australian side. It is to be noted that the team will be missing the services of their premier batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith who are currently serving bans due to their involvement in sandpaper gate. He said that this would be India’s best opportunity to come out in flying colours as the side has been performing well in all three departments.
Dhawan will be back for the ODI series against Trans-Tasmanian rivals from January 12. In the short break, he will be looking forward to improving his game thus making his preparations in a proper manner ahead of the 2019 World Cup.