The national selectors are giving good opportunities to the Indian youngsters in the recent T20Is. Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan feels that it is the perfect time for the young Indian cricketers to perform and build up the confidence for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.
In the previous T20I series against Windies and ongoing T20I series against South Africa, many Indian youngsters have earned opportunities to play for the national team. Mostly, the young and inexperienced cricketers have performed impressively.
Apart from the present regular member Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Shreyas Iyer, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar etc. are the new youngsters. For most of the times, they have utilised their early limited opportunities very well.
Mentioning the impressive performances of Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan gives his view on the youngsters.
Dhawan recently said as per PTI, “Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well.
“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup.”
In the second T20I of the ongoing three-match home T20I series against South Africa at Mohali, Washington and Deepak performed very well. Young off-spinner Washington restricted the batsmen very well and had the bowling figures of 3-0-19-0.
Meanwhile, the pacer Deepak Chahar was the best bowler for India in that Mohali T20I. The right-arm pacer had the bowling figures of 4-0-22-2.
Communication is very, very important – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan feels that communication is very important to grow up the youngsters. He further added that the seniors are always ready to guide the young cricketers properly.
Dhawan said, “For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment.
“That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.
“Any time any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always there for them.”
After the Mohali T20I, the hosts India are leading the three-match T20I series by 1-0 with one to go. The opening T20I of this series at Dharamshala had no result due to the rain washout. Indian youngsters, Dhawan, and the captain Virat Kohli massively helped India to win the Mohali T20I comfortably.
India and South Africa will play the third and final T20I of this series on this Sunday (22nd September) at Bengaluru.