Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan has finally broken his silence on being replaced by KL Rahul as the captain for India’s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. When the squad was announced last month, Dhawan was named the captain of the three-match ODI series. The BCCI, however, bizarrely removed him as the captain of the team once KL Rahul was cleared to play the series.
Rahul has not played for India since February due to a spate of injury setbacks. Dhawan, on the other hand, recently led India to a 3-0 series win over West Indies. The BCCI, however, surprisingly decided to remove Dhawan from the captaincy role for Rahul. The decision at the last moment has raised many eyebrows. Several fans and experts have criticised the move and have opined that it would hurt Dhawan’s confidence.
Shikhar Dhawan comments after being removed as captain:
Shikhar Dhawan has now spoken on the BCCI’s decision of removing him as captain for the Zimbabwe series. Sharing his thoughts on the same, Dhawan in the pre-match post conference called Rahul’s return as captain a ‘good news’. Dhawan did not show any sort of disappointment in front of the media as he said that Rahul will learn a lot from the series ahead of the Asia Cup.
“It is a very good news that KL is back and will be leading the side as well. He is one of the main players of this Indian team. It will be a good outing for him before the Asia Cup gets underway. I am sure he will gain a lot from this tour,” Shikhar Dhawan said.
“I quite enjoy sharing my experience with the youngsters in the team. I first came here in 2014 (actually 2013), when Duncan Fletcher was the Indian coach. If they (youngsters) reach out to me for any suggestions, I am (always) there to answer them,” he added.