Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that the veteran Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is very fit and at the age of 36 he is as young as 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan.
There were few question marks over the inclusion of Dhawan in India’s ODI squad for the South Africa tour after his poor performance in the domestic tournament. However, Dhawan returned with scores of 79, 29 and 61 and he was India’s leading run-getter in the three-match One Day International series against South Africa, where India lost by 0-3.
Meanwhile, Indian spin great Harbhajan Singh said that he was very happy to see Dhawan make a good comeback in the side.
“I was very happy when Shikhar Dhawan made a comeback. The reason is that he is a seasoned player and if you are comparing him with other players, saying that the other players are young, then which player is batting at a level that Shikhar Dhawan isn’t? So I am so happy to see Shikhar Dhawan back,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.
India lost the matches there but Shikhar Dhawan did his job – Harbhajan Singh
Former Indian off-spinner mentioned that Dhawan smashed two fifties in the three innings he batted in South Africa and he did his job for the team.
“As soon as he returned, he hit two fifties. India lost the matches there but he did his job. I don’t understand why people look at the ages of some players but not at others’. There were some players who were playing the World Cup at 38, 39, 40 years of age,” he added.
Harbhajan was highly impressed with Dhawan’s fitness and said that he has a lot more left in him as a cricketer.
“Now Shikhar Dhawan at 37 years (36 years) is as young as (Ishan) Kishan is I think. His fitness is very good. If you say that at 37 years of age he can’t make a comeback, then I think it will be wrong. I am so happy that he made a comeback and he showed how much is left in him.”
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