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Shikhar Dhawan feels batsmen are learning from past mistakes to shape-up well

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In 2010, Shikhar Dhawan made his ODI and equally international debut against Australia at the same Vizag ground. Photo Credit: AFP.

The left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan made a statement by saying Team India batsmen have worked extensively and learned from the mistakes which they have had committed in the recent past.

“We have learnt a lot of things. Especially when we played in Kolkata (during the first Test against SL) and in Dharamsala (first ODI),” Dhawan was quoted as saying by PTI.

The 32-year-old prominent face in the batting line-up Dhawan added at times it is good to gauge yourself which further allows you to learn more in a bid to improve.

“It’s good sometimes when you fall, you learn a lot of things out of it,” Dhawan maintained.

Interestingly, Dhawan reiterated the hosts lost wickets in wickets in quick succession in the first Test at iconic stadium Eden Gardens in Kolkata before being bundled out at the paltry score of 112 in the One-day International series opener at Dharamsala.

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Shikhar Dhawan smashed 68 in Mohali. Photo Credit: AFP.

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Having the ability to score runs at pace, Dhawan remarked that the surface at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala was bit dampened, and they gave their hundred percent to score runs, but the visitors managed to pull of things and handled the situation well.

“It was seaming and it was a damp wicket but we still went in with a positive intent and gave our best and of course, it didn’t go our way but we all learnt from it,” Dhawan asserted.

With the series tied at one each, on the eve of series decider after hosts won the second ODI in Mohali convincingly by 141 runs which saw the stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma smashing 208, as Dhawan managed to post brilliant fifty.

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Shikhar Dhawan has given India decent starts in the limited-overs competition. Photo Credit: AFP.

Moreover, it becomes pertinent to point out that Dhawan has made the return to the national fold after representing in the Deodhar Trophy.

While praising the efforts of Rohit as a skipper, Dhawan remarked that he is enjoying his game to open the innings with the former.

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Shikhar Dhawan enjoys opening the innings with Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While speaking about Sunday’s game, Dhawan said that the pressure would be obviously there, but they have faced such situations in the past too- and he is confident to give his best in the crunch fixture.

“Of course there is pressure whenever you play a final, there is pressure but we are used to it and there is going to be a big crowd tomorrow,” Dhawan explained.

While considering the bilateral series, Indian batters have had struggled against the moving ball, as the bowling-friendly conditions have tested the heavy batting side with regular skipper Virat Kohli already opted to rest before the start of the gruelling bilateral series in South Africa.

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Shikhar Dhawan has been consistent regarding amassing runs. Photo Credit: AFP.

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Pertinently, as the white ball moved prodigiously, the batsmen have struggled to make most out of the opportunity other than Mohali surface which proved to be a true pitch for the batting-friendly conditions, as Rohit bulldozed the visitors with his batting prowess.

“The way we came back in the next game, in Mohali we felt that it was a damp wicket at the start but it wasn’t,” Dhawan added.

Pertinently, India posted 392 on the board in 50 overs during the second ODI, as Dhawan revealed it was difficult to connect the white-ball early on.

“Still, the ball wasn’t coming that nicely when we were batting at the start,” Dhawan concluded.

Talking about the Vizag venue, Dhawan stated he has always loved to visit the place while adding it has been the lucky-to-go place for him.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor