Indian star opener, Shikhar Dhawan, who has featured in 34 Tests since 2013, says there is plenty left in him when it comes to Test cricket. He feels he needs to deliver whatever is being thrown at him – to make a return in the Test fold for Team India despite faltering in between.
However, given to the inconsistency in the traditional format, Dhawan, who was marred by injuries too, had failed to cement his place in the team since the past 24 months. India has also used Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma.
The 34-year-old Shikhar Dhawan made it clear that he had not given up owing to his return in the Test fold.
“I am not a part of the Test team but that does not mean I have given up all hopes of a comeback,” PTI quoted Shikhar Dhawan as saying.
The southpaw had last appeared in whites against England at The Oval in September 2018.
Shikhar Dhawan averages decent 40.61 in 58 Test innings. He had slammed seven hundreds and five fifties with his best of 190 which came against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Dhawan believes scoring bulk of runs in the domestic fold would brighten his chances on being picked for the Test squad in the near future.
The experienced campaigner maintained that he would like to make opportunities count in the elite domestic competition – Ranji Trophy. He reminisced how he made a comeback in the One-day International (ODI) squad after slamming a century in 2019.
“Whenever I got an opportunity… like in the Ranji Trophy last year I scored a century, then I made a comeback into the one-day team, if I get an opportunity then why not, of course,” Shikhar Dhawan said.
Shikhar Dhawan sets sights on T20 World Cup:
The elegant batsman Dhawan remarked that he needs to keep performing as T20 World Cup is scheduled in 2021. He also maintained that fitness plays a crucial role to perform to project well for the foreseeable future.
“I will keep trying my best. The T20 World Cup is there next year, so I need to keep performing, keep myself fit, make runs consistently. If I keep doing these, other things will automatically fall into place,” Dhawan added.
Experience benefits Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan
Further on speaking his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Capitals (DC), Shikhar Dhawan admits the fact that there is a depth in batting as well as in the bowling department. He further added that experience will be a major gain for Shreyas Iyer-led side.
“We have [Ravichandran] Ashwin, Sandeep, Amit Mishra and Axar (Patel). We bat deep and their experience is a huge advantage for us, but the whole team has to play well to win the tournament,” Shikhar Dhawan said.
Dhawan also added that Iyer had done well in the 12th edition of the IPL as a skipper.
It becomes pertinent that Capitals had availed services of Ajinkya Rahane and Ashwin, who had already led Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively which automatically gives an advantage to the Capitals skipper Iyer to learn from them.
“Shreyas led the team pretty well last year, this time Ajinkya has come in, Ashwin has come in, they are quite experienced players and I am sure they are going to share their insights,” Dhawan concluded.
In Dubai, Capitals will face Kings XI Punjab on September 20 after the much-awaited tourney will kick-off from September 19.