Shikhar Dhawan: Of course, there is always a chance of me coming back to the side
Shikhar Dhawan is no longer part of the Indian team less than three months after captaining the ODI side and despite this, the 37-year-old opener is still very eager to play the World Cup at home later this year.
Shikhar Dhawan is no longer part of the Indian team less than three months after captaining the ODI side. Despite this, the 37-year-old opener is still very eager to play the World Cup at home later this year.
Dhawan, one of the great openers India has produced in the 50-over format, was dropped from the side following a lean run that included three games in Bangladesh in December.
The southpaw had driven the side in New Zealand in November when Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were rested.
Shubman Gill joined the side at Dhawan’s expense and the young opener has not looked back since, scoring four hundred including a double hundred in his last seven innings.
Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the inaugural Formula E race in India, the ever-optimistic Dhawan looked back at the ups and downs of the last three months.
“They (ups and downs) are part of life. With time, with experience, you learn how to handle them with ease. I find a lot of strength in them. I did my best. If somebody is doing better than my best, that is fine.
“That is why that person is there and I am not there. I am very happy and content wherever I am. I make sure my process goes on strong. Of course, there is always a chance of me coming back to the side.
“If it comes it is good, if it doesn’t come that is also good. I have achieved a lot and I am happy with that. Whatever has to come will come. I don’t get desperate about it,”said Dhawan, who has played 34 Tests, 167 ODIs, and 68 T20s.
Dhawan has become a one-format player until his exclusion from the ODI setup, with his last Test coming in 2018 and T20 International in 2021
His primary focus is on the upcoming IPL in which he will be leading Punjab Kings for the first time.
Dhawan just got back from a 10-day training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. In another week’s time, he will be in Mohali for a pre-IPL camp with Punjab Kings.
“My IPL preparation is going on well. I was in Bangalore for 10 days. The focus was on fitness. With the IPL coming up, I will join the camp in Mohali on February 24 and then we regroup again later on and get going.
“I am in a very good state of mind and looking forward to leading from the front,” he said.
Dhawan also got to catch up with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, whose passion for cars and motorsport is well-known, during the Formula E weekend in Hyderabad.
Talking about his first time at a Formula E race, he added:
“It is always lovely to meet Sachin paaji. He has got a great passion for sports cars.
“It was a great experience. I took a lap off the track. I see a lot of potential for Formula E in India as it is sustainable and promotes a healthy environment. Since it is organized mainly on public roads, it should gather a lot of ground in India.”