Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan[photo: BCCI Twitter]

Last Update on: May 13th, 2022 at 03:45 pm

IPL 2022: In the ongoing season of the 2022 Indian Premier League, the Punjab Kings have been fairly inconsistent. The team is currently in eighth place in the IPL points table although they are still in contention for a top-four slot.

With three games left in the season, Mayank Agarwal’s team can’t afford to lose any more points and will be looking to get back on track when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore later tonight.

Rishi Dhawan, the squad’s senior all-rounder, returned to the XI in the previous game against Rajasthan Royals and took the crucial wicket of skipper Sanju Samson; unfortunately, the side lost to RR. Dhawan was selected by the Punjab franchise in the mega auction for INR 55 lakh and has so far played four times for the team.

Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan. Image: BCCI/IPL

I Want To Make A Comeback Into The Indian Team: Rishi Dhawan

Dhawan has been a force to reckon with in domestic cricket but is yet to find success in international cricket, having only played three ODIs and one T20I. He last played for India in 2016, and he has now spoken out about his challenge to return to the national team.

Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan. Image Credits: Twitter

“After playing in the IPL for four years and making my India debut, I was dropped. No one picked me for five years. My performances at the domestic level were not getting noticed. It was disheartening that I was not getting opportunities despite performing well,” Dhawan told Indian Express.

“There is this pain inside me that I can’t describe in words. When I played for India, I failed to give the kind of performance, which was expected of me. I still believe I could have done better”.

Dhawan adds that he wants to make a comeback to the national side.

“My aim is to make a comeback to the Indian team and to be able to do that, you have to make the right kind of noise. Winning the first domestic title with Himachal Pradesh is one of my best cricketing moments,” said the 32-year-old all-rounder.

The chief selector had recently noted Dhawan’s performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he led Himachal Pradesh to its first-ever title. Dhawan was the side’s leading wicket-taker as well as the leading run-scorer.

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