Indian National Cricket team opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in good touch in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and wants to carry that form to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Working with the likes of Ricky Ponting and Shikhar Dhawan from close quarters has helped him improve his game, and Dhawan wants to carry those insights into the marquee event.

Shikhar Dhawan who made a slow start to the tournament attracted criticism for his slowish nature of knocks. But he worked hard with Ponting and Ganguly – head coach and advisor of the team, which has transformed his game. The southpaw has regained his aggressive style of batting and has looked invincible at the top for Delhi Capitals. So far, he has scored 401 runs at an average of over 40 including four half-centuries.

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Will look to take the learnings to the World Cup

The Delhi cricketer in an exclusive chat admitted that he is fortunate to work with the likes Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting. Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan also added that he is trying to pick their brains and improve his game. Dhawan also said that it has been a learning curve for him and will be keen to take this learning to the World Cup starting from May 30.

Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly…I am very fortunate that I am working with them now. They both have been great leaders. It is very good to be close to them because I can get their insight, know what was their mindset, what was their approach when they used to play or captain their side,” explained Dhawan.

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I am already learning so many things from them (and) it is helping me. I am grateful (for) that. I am sure those things are helping me in the IPL and I am going to take it to the World Cup,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has a good record in England playing in the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy. He will look to bring all his experience into play and forge a strong partnership with Rohit Sharma at the top of the batting order.

India National Cricket team will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.