Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)

Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan has opened up on his unceremonious exit from Team India’s T20I team. Not very long ago, the southpaw was an integral part of India’s limited-overs squad. And while he is still an important member of the ODI team, his career in India’s T20I team is looking as good as over. Dhawan is nowhere in the picture to earn a recall for the T20Is.

The selectors and the team-management made things clear by not including him in the squad for last year’s T20 World Cup. And any hopes of earning a recall has only become slimmer with the passage of time. In the ongoing year, the Indian team-management has tried out as many as seven different openers but Dhawan is still nowhere in the picture.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)

Even though Dhawan has done well in ODIs as well as IPL, the Indian team-management seems to have taken a final call on him. With Rohit Sharma being one incumbent opener, the likes of KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda are well ahead of Dhawan in the pecking order.

I don’t feel any disappointment: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan recently opened up on his T20I career and insisted that he is not too disappointed with the turn of events. In his usual upbeat manner, Dhawan said that he won’t be affected much if he does not earn anymore recall from the T20I side.

“To be honest. I don’t feel any disappointment as such. I feel that there is a time for everything and maybe it’s not my time. Maybe I lack something that I haven’t been able to do too well. No worries, I gave my best and that’s what matters. Till the time I am happy and content that is all I care about. It’s not like if my name doesn’t come, I will be affected or anything like that. I am in a very good space; I am doing my best,” Dhawan told Sports Tak.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)

At the same time, he has not closed the door on his return to the T20I team. The southpaw stated that he won’t decline an offer to play for India in the upcoming Asia Cup. Dhawan was the highest run-scorer when India had won the tournament in 2018.

“If the opportunity provides then why not? When I play the IPL, I try my best to perform. And if I do well there, I might get chances. Rest is up to the selectors… what their thought process is, what is their vision. Like I said, if it comes, great, but even if it doesn’t, that’s also fine. I am keeping myself fit and strong and whenever I get the opportunity, I am ready for it,” he added.