Although securing the spot of opener for Team India in the past, present times have been difficult for Shikhar Dhawan. While being out of cricket due to an injury last year, his previously occupied spot in the batting order has been usurped by K L Rahul, alongside the brilliant first choice Rohit Sharma. While his come back in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka saw appreciable performance from the Delhite, lack of consistency in the long run may cause him to drop down in the pecking order. However, the player himself is not bothered about it.
After first match was cancelled due to weather troubles, India secured a 2-0 victory in the series. Dhawan scored 32 in the second game, and a stunning half century in the third one at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.
In the post match interview following the final game, Dhawan spoke about his return: “It wasn’t difficult. I accepted I got injured and I couldn’t do much about it.”
Dhawan, who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket, injured his left knee in a match against Maharashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
However, the injury didn’t stop the 31 year old from losing focus on his form.
Dhawan continued: “I was doing my rehab, focusing on training and got myself fitter and stronger. (In) the latter half, I prepared myself at the NCA, then I went and played Ranji Trophy and did very well out there.”
On talking about the other two openers that Dhawan is competing to secure the opener spot, he appreciated the performance of his compatriots.
“All three players are doing well. Rohit had an excellent 2019. Rahul has been doing good in the last two months and he is a good player and I am also back in the frame.” Dhawan told reporters.
In the final T20 versus the Lions, Dhawan’s amazing knock of 52 came off just 36 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six.
“I played well today. the picture is building up quite nicely, this is not an issue for me. It is in my hands to perform and play well. I am happy and satisfied that I got two opportunities and was able to express myself,” he added.