ICC World Cup 2019: Change of Opening Partner Doesn’t Really Matter Says Shikhar Dhawan
As the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League came to an end, the anticipation of the ICC World started with the full flow as the showpiece event sets to kick off from 30th May. The Men in Blue will be one of the firm favourites for the showpiece event and will be looking to seal their 3rd World Cup title. If you speak about ICC events since the 2011 World Cup, there has been one Indian player who has stood out no matter how the conditions behaved.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been the go to man for India as far as ICC tournaments are concerned. The southpaw was the leading run scorer in the 2013 and the 2017 Champions Trophy both held in England and Wales. He was the top scorer for India in the 2015 World Cup which was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Shikhar Dhawan will bat with Rohit Sharma in the India colours while he was opening with Prithvi Shaw in the just concluded IPL. The change of batting partner doesn’t really matter to Shikhar Dhawan. When asked whether he had a chat with Rohit Sharma a they prepare for the World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan jokingly said that Rohit Sharma isn’t his wife that he needs to talk to him regularly.
“Baatein karke kya hoga? Woh meri biwi thodi na hain! (Whata’s the point in discussing things? Rohit isn’t my wife) If you play with someone for years, you’ll know him inside out. With Rohit, there’s nothing special that we do. It’s just the mindset. Even if I bat with Prithvi, the game remains the same. If one person gets going, the other man plays a supporting role,” he told IANS.
Shikhar Dhawan further added that it is his daily job to go and score runs for whichever team he is playing for. Hence there is no added pressure of being the most consistent Indian batsman in ICC events over the past 6 years.
“Conscious about what? This is my daily job. I make sure my basics are taken care of and I have a clear mind. Sometimes you make runs, sometimes you don’t. But I always keep calm and look at the areas where I need to work on and then I go and give it my best shot. I don’t believe in worrying too much,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan was in terrific form in the IPL scoring 521 runs in 16 matches for the Delhi Capitals with 5 half-centuries under his belt. He feels that changing from T20 format to 50 overs shouldn’t be a big task for batsmen.
“It has been very positive because if you do well, you gain in momentum. Apart from the IPL, I also had a good series with Australia. There is no issue in changing the format as it is all about the mindset, and changing that takes a minute. We are ready for any challenge that comes our way in the World Cup,” he said.
“We have a very strong bowling attack in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. This apart, we also have a good bowler in Hardik Pandya. This is a balanced bowling unit and that will definitely help the team. Bumrah is the no.1 bowler at present and then we also have quality spinners. I feel that this team is very well balanced,” he said.
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