Australian pace ace Mitchell Johnson poses no threat or fears for explosive Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan has vowed to fight fire with fire in the looming Test series. Dhawan has shown determination to attack Australia’s fast bowling trump card right from the first Test in Adelaide from Tuesday.
Dhawan told reporters in Adelaide “I feel that you need an aggressive opener in today’s cricket which can turn things around,” “So that will be a very good thing for us. And I would love to play that role.”
While giving due respect and regards to Johnson, Dhawan, who lives in Melbourne with his Australian-born wife, clarified that there was “no fear factor” in facing the International Cricketer of the Year.
“Of course he’s one of the best bowlers in the world,” he said.
“He has got really good pace and we have prepared for that pace. I have faced him lots of times back in India but I will be facing him for the first time in Australia so it’s going to be a good challenge and I’m going to enjoy the challenge.”
Up till now Dhawan has played just one Test innings against Australia – when he smashed 187 on debut in Mohali in India during a test match in March last year.
That splendid innings included 33 fours and two sixes in that knock, but he could score 50 in just two other Test innings thereafter, as he was not able to maintain his pace. The left-hander averaged only 20.33 on the recent tour of England. This shaky equation prompted experts and well wishers to question his ability to flourish on lively pitches.
“That is their thinking and their point of view,” he said.
“I am always open for change for the betterment of my game … like in England, I couldn’t score much runs so that was a good learning curve for me. And it made me a better player. I always finds lots of positives in my failures too.”
Dhawan, who maintains a not so glorious record away from India’s featherbed pitches, is scheduled to his open the batting with Murali Vijay. However, they have not been able to spread any magic in away series, as their highest partnership figure remains only 49 in 14 innings they have opened on any foreign soil.
“We haven’t done it doesn’t mean that we cannot do it,” Dhawan said.
His partner Vijay has admitted that it has become imperative and vital for them to improvise in the four-Test series.
“We are really confident in each other’s game,” Vijay told reporters.
“Both the teams are going to be hoping on the starts because of the conditions and the wickets – whichever team gets a better start is going to be having an advantage.”
Although the pointer is still tilting towards Australia as they have got a distinct advantage on playing on favorite pitches on their backyards, but it is heartening to see that confidence and maturity shown by Shikhar Dhawan who is treated as a moody and temperamental cricketer. In any case, India’s bowling performance is the key word for one and all. Let us hope to see some fireworks from our young brigade.