Shikhar Dhawan To Retire From T20Is? Senior Opener Delivers Update On His Future

Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

When Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from Team India’s squad for last year’s T20I World Cup, his career in the shortest format of the game looked as good as over. The southpaw has not played a T20I for India since July last year. With age not on his side either and selectors keen to try out youngsters, Dhawan’s T20I career seems to be completely off the track. However, the 36-year old has still not given up and is keen to play T20Is for Team India.

Dhawan is currently busy playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has once again showed his consistency. In 13 games so far, he has scored 421 runs for Punjab Kings. Dhawan has not scored less than 300 runs in an IPL season since 2015. His stats prove that he is one of the most consistent batsmen in the league. But they have not stopped the selectors from axing the veteran opener from the T20I side. Dhawan, however, is in no mood to give up on T20Is yet.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP

An integral part of India’s ODI team, he is looking set to make a comeback to the T20I side for the upcoming series against South Africa next month. Most of India’s regular players will not be a part of the series and Dhawan is expected to make the cut. Recent reports have also suggested that he might lead the team too. And as he gears up for his comeback, Dhawan has expressed his desire to become an integral part of India’s T20I set up once again.

“Though I remain an integral part of the team, I still feel that I can contribute in the shortest format because of my experience. I have been quite doing well in the T20 format. Whatever role I have been given I have done well. I have managed to stay consistent in the formats that I am playing, whether it is the IPL or at the domestic level and I am enjoying it. Consistency is not only about scoring fifties or hundreds frequently, but also about maintaining even gaps between such scores,” Shikhar Dhawan told PTI.

Dhawan also spoke about his axing from the team for the T20 World Cup last year. Few months before the competition, he had led the team in Sri Lanka and was looking set to be a part of the World Cup squad. However, the selectors had some other ideas as they decided not to include the senior opener in the team. Recalling those events, Dhawan said:

“Yes I am a very positive person. It was a dream come true for me leading the team last year. For the T20 World Cup, they thought the (chosen) players were better than me and fair enough. Whatever decision selectors make, I respect that. That happens in life. You accept it and keep doing your job. I only focus on what is in my control and try to make the most of the opportunities that I get.”

Shikhar Dhawan on his future:

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)

Shikhar Dhawan is playing for India for more than a decade and the opener is no mood to give up yet. Dhawan has stated that he is not ready to hang up his boots yet and is looking forward to playing for India for at least the next three years. Dhawan is also confident that his displays with the bat will help him achieve more milestones in the coming days.

“I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself. It’s a race that never ends. If I get into that mindset, I will not be happy and it’s not good energy. My ODI average is 45.53. I am always looking for growth, analysing if I can get better. We as cricketers have to remain on our toes and fit to be relevant in the race to represent India. I am playing for the next three years at least. I have been batting quite well for the past few years, I am hopeful and positive that the way I am performing, there are many milestones to achieve,” said Dhawan.

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