Lean patch, setbacks don’t deter Dhawan
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.”