Virat Kohli optimistic about Shikhar Dhawan

Krishna Chopra / 19 November 2015

India’s test captain Virat Kohli recently said that he was optimistic about the form of Shikhar Dhawan, and backed the underperforming southpaw to be back at his best. Speaking about the rain-marred test, Kohli said that rain intervening in the game was frustrating for the players. Kohli also said that the batting form displayed by Dhawan on the first evening of the game was really good and he looked set for a big score.

“Shikhar getting some runs was a big positive as well. All in all, we had been in a very good space and we have maintained that. Even in the last four days, we haven’t really thought about what the rain is going to do, we have just reacted to how the weather has turned out which is very, very important. Thinking about the weather can put you off, which the team has not done, so I would like to give credit to the guys to still stay in the zone and react to the weather which is not in our control. Nothing has changed in the last four days at all,” said Kohli about Shikhar Dhawan, who looked set.

Elaborating on Dhawan, Kohli further said, “If you call scoring two hundreds in three Test matches struggling then I don’t know what ‘in-form’ is! His last three matches, he has got a hundred in Galle, he has got a hundred in Bangladesh, unfortunately he got injured after and he played the first Test match after that in Mohali. So let’s not be too hard on someone because of two innings or three innings. This is international cricket, you are going to play numerous innings and we have to be patient with players like Shikhar because he is an impact player, and we need to give him as much confidence as we possibly can. When he gets going he wins you the game, that is a surety. I don’t think he has been out of form at all, he has been batting beautifully. Sometimes you will not get the scores that you desire, but it is important how you are playing at that moment. He is certainly hitting the ball very well, and as I said he got runs here which is good for his mental set-up.”

“We don’t see any issues with his batting or his confidence for sure. We have to let the individual sort of come into his own, not to put too much pressure on him. I am sure he is happy with the way he batted here as well, if he had more overs to bat he would have been 70 or 80 not out or possibly could have got a hundred as well if we had some amount of game left. He is that sort of player who can take the game away very quickly. I am delighted that he is feeling good about his batting at the moment and I am sure he would want to score big runs in this series and in future as well, every batsman wants to,” concluded Kohli.

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