Lean patch, set­backs don’t de­ter Dhawan

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Ben­galuru: Be­fore the 31-ball-40 against South Africa in Mo­hali, south­paw Shikhar Dhawan’s seven T20 in­ter­na­tion­als had yielded a mere 105 runs. His pre­vi­ous best was 41 against Aus­tralia in Nov 2018 in Syd­ney. The thumb in­jury dur­ing the World Cup did him no favours and he didn’t do much in West Indies as well.

The opener got back into the groove with two half-cen­turies on the trot in the lim­ited overs for In­dia ‘A’ against South Africa ‘A’. On Satur­day, Dhawan said that even dur­ing the lean latch he wasn’t los­ing sleep over his form be­cause he knew he was on the right track.

“I have been play­ing well and I got a break and came back. Even in West Indies, I didn’t score much runs but I was mid­dling the ball nicely. For me, it is nor­mal that 4-5 in­nings can go here and there. I take it nor­mally be­cause I know my process is very strong. I’m a keen ob­server of ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing. I make sure I do it in a very de­tailed man­ner. But yes, some­times some strate­gies do not go your way, but it’s part of the jour­ney. I al­ways back my­self be­cause I know what hard work I’ve put in.”

Find­ing him­self out of favour in the longer for­mat, Dhawan is fo­cus­ing on get­ting as much game time as he can. Hav­ing fea­tured in the In­dia ‘A’ squad, he will turn out for his home team Delhi in the Vijay Hazare start­ing next week.

Speak­ing on the two lim­ited overs matches he played for In­dia A, Dhawan said, “I had free time and I thought rather than sit­ting at home or just train­ing I’ll go and play matches which will be good for my con­fi­dence and skill.

“Match prac­tice is the best prepa­ra­tion and it was a good op­por­tu­nity for me to go and ex­press my­self. Af­ter this I will play Vijay Hazare and I’m look­ing for­ward to that as well.”

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