Shikhar Dhawan Wants To Return To Team India, Aims To Win IPL Title For Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Delhi-born batsman Shikhar Dhawan has admitted he is enjoying the cricket, as there is less pressure on him in the domestic circuit while expressing his happiness over his countrymen, who are doing well for the national side.
Dhawan stated he is able to go long in the international leg and is further hopeful to return to the Indian team.
“For me to return to the team, I have to stay positive and happy. That’s the only way I can climb up the ladder again. Of course, I am happy for those who are doing well in India. , but I want to return to the Indian team because I know I have got the ability to play international cricket for a long time,” was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com
The left-handed batsman Dhawan is eyeing to make a comeback in the national team for upcoming Champions Trophy 2017, after aiming to score lot of runs to regain his confidence in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning from April 5 in Hyderabad.
It’s pertinent to mention the 31-year-old batsman Shikhar has played a significant role in 2013 for India to win the Champions Trophy under the tutelage of wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“I enjoyed my cricket more in these [last] few months because there was less pressure on me and I was free,” Dhawan added.
Showing improvement with the bat after struggling to score runs for the national team lately, Dhawan was the second highest run-scorer in the Deodhar Trophy. However, the highest run-getter was wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik in the 50-over competition. Dhawan amassed 223 runs at an average of 74.33 in three games.
Dhawan smashed 128 against India A in Visakhapatnam, before scoring fifty and 45 at the same venue against Tamil Nadu while playing for India B.
“I didn’t really worry too much about what I needed to do. I just went in and enjoyed myself. I was more relaxed this time,” Dhawan further added.
In January, Dhawan was dropped for the third and final One-day international match in Kolkata against England after he scored one and 11 in his first two outings.
In the recently concluded inter-zonal Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cup, Dhawan scored 110 runs at an average of 27.50 in four matches.
“Of course, you want to put on partnerships, say a 50-run partnership that will stabilise the team. Once you spend time, the flow starts coming, and I am that kind of batsman who makes runs quickly once I am in the flow,” Dhawan remarked.
In the One-day domestic competition Vijay Hazare Trophy, Dhawan was struggling with the bat. He could only manage 99 runs from five games.
However, he has expressed his disappointment over not being part of the national team, after going through a lean patch in Tests in particular.
“When you go through a rough patch, you will be out of the team, and those who do well will be picked. The selection committee and team management gave me a fair chance but I didn’t perform,” concluded.
Dhawan made his international debut in 2010 and there on, he has played 76 ODIs, 23 Tests and 22 T20Is. He is averaging 42.91 in ODIs, 38.52 in Tests and 20.80 in the shortest format of the game.
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