Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, NCA
Shikhar Dhawan. (Credits - Getty)

Last Update on: September 22nd, 2019 at 12:35 pm

India’s limited-overs batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said that ongoing T20 games are a perfect platform for the youngsters to build the confidence ahead of T20 World Cup that takes place next year. India have started preparing for the tournament and the new-look squad is a hint of it.

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“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well,” Dhawan said

“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” he added.

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Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Aakash Chopra
Yuzvendra Chahal with Kuldeep Yadav. (Credits – Getty)

Selectors have dropped the likes Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal from the T20 squad to give chances to young guns like Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar.

In the pace department as well, the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah has given selectors an opportunity to test the likes of Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini. Both the pacers have done well in the shortest format and will retain their places going ahead.

There are no such experiments in the batting department, which will largely remain same at the T20 World Cup. After the South Africa series, India will play Bangladesh and West Indies at home, which will be another opportunity for Men in Blue to prepare for the shortest format.

Perfect Platform For Youngsters To Build Confidence For T20 World Cup, Says Shikhar Dhawan
Deepak Chahar. Credit: BCCI

In the third and the final T20I tomorrow, one can also see a change or two with Rahul Chahar coming in so that he can get his chance on the road to prepare for the World Cup.

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As far as Dhawan is concerned, he got the nod over KL Rahul for the opening job and grabbed the opportunity with an innings of 40. Rohit Sharma has his place fixed but as for Dhawan, he will continue to get competition from Rahul ahead of World Cup.

India are leading the ongoing three-match T20I series against South Africa. The first T20I of the series was a washed-out affair in Dharamsala. In the second T20I, the home side chased down a target of 150 in Mohali. A win in third T20I will mark maiden series win for India over South Africa while a defeat would mean that the series will end in a draw.

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