If there was one individual who deserved to be in India’s ODI squad, it was Rishi Dhawan. The all rounder from Himachal Pradesh has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit. In mid 2014, during the quadrilateral A tournament in Australia, Dhawan played a composed knock to guide India A to victory in the final against Australia A.

Speaking after his selection, Dhawan said that it was a great feeling to be a part of the Indian squad. “It’s a great feeling to be a part of the Indian squad. I feel my performances in the domestic circuit have been recognized. I will try my best to justify my selection. International cricket is the toughest test, but I feel I am better prepared now,” Dhawan was quoted saying to TOI.

Dhawan tagged himself as a genuine all rounder and said, “I consider myself to be a genuine all-rounder. I have batted at the top in junior cricket and this season I have started batting in the middle-order, which gives me more opportunities to prove my credentials with the bat.” 

Thanking the IPL in providing him a great platform, Dhawan said, “IPL is a great platform if you want to learn and improve your game. You get to learn so many things from the legends of the game. When I was in MI, Sachin Paaji always told me to concentrate equally on both bowling and batting. Even in Kings XI Punjab, I have worked hard on my game with Sanjay Bangar sir. To watch players like Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson prepare for the game is a great experience. Hopefully, those things will help me when I play for my country,” he said.

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