Shikhar Dhawan’s idea of leadership is all about keeping the flock together and in a good state of mind after he was handed the captaincy for the Sri Lanka tour.
The left-handed opener was given the reins of the team after Virat Kohli and other key players were sent to England for the WTC Final against New Zealand and the five-Test series against the hosts.
Shikhar Dhawan’s Idea Is To Keep Everyone Together And Happy
India’s Sri Lanka limited-overs tour, comprising of three ODIs and as many T20s, will begin on July 18 in Colombo. Shikhar Dhawan has had a long and glittering career for India in one-day internationals. He has represented the country in all three formats but it is the ODIs where he has stamped his authority.
Eight years after making his presence felt and cementing his place in India’s ODI set-up, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the country for the first time when his team takes on Sri Lanka in the first encounter of the three-match ODI series.
“It is a big achievement for me that I have become the captain of the Indian side. As a leader, my idea is to keep everyone together and happy – that is the most important thing,” Dhawan said on the Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’.
“We have got a lovely bunch of boys, great support staff, and we have worked earlier as well.”
Shikhar Dhawan says he shares good chemistry with legendary Rahul Dravid, who is the head coach for the series.
“I have a good relation with Rahul Bhai. When I started playing Ranji Trophy, I played against him, and I have known him since then. When I went to play India A match, I was the captain, and he was the coach, so there was interaction.
“When he became the director of NCA, we used to go there for around 20 days, so we had a lot of interaction, and now we have good chemistry. And now that we have the chance to play six matches together, so it will be great fun, and I think we all sync nicely,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan said he is looking forward to working with Rahul Dravid, who will travel with the team as the head coach in the absence of Ravi Shastri, who is with the Test regulars in England. The opener stressed that it’s an honour for him to lead India in Sri Lanka.
Shikhar Dhawan Is Happy To See Youngsters Dreams Of Being In Indian Squad Come True
The selectors have picked several uncapped players, including the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Chetan Sakariya, and Shikhar Dhawan wants the youngsters to enjoy their journey.
Shikhar Dhawan said that both the seniors and youngsters from the squad will learn from each other.
“There are seniors in the team, so the youngsters will learn from them, and we will get to learn from the youngsters. Whenever I meet the youngsters they often have new ways of thinking, and I try to learn things which will help us,” Dhawan signed off.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead a 20-man squad comprising of many youngsters who did well in IPL 2020 and/or IPL 2021. Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya got maiden India call-ups. Varun Chakravarthy was selected earlier twice but couldn’t make it to the final squad owing to injury.