In the wake of being scorned for a spot in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2021, Shikhar Dhawan has one more chance for making a comeback. The left-handed opening batter has been one of the most reliable entertainers for his franchise Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. However, will that be enough for him to acquire a recall into India’s T20 side?
Dhawan, who was disregarded for the T20 World Cup 2021 by selectors, hasn’t surrendered with regards to getting back in the saddle during the current year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Concerning his exclusion last year, the southpaw feels it was a ‘fair call’ by selectors who accepted that a few different players were superior to him for that job.
I Can Still PLay T20I: Shikhar Dhawan
“Though I remain an integral part of the team, I still feel that I can contribute in the shortest format because of my experience. I have been quite doing well in the T20 format. Whatever role I have been given I have done well.
I have managed to stay consistent in the formats that I am playing, whether it is the IPL or at the domestic level and I am enjoying it. Consistency is not only about scoring fifties or hundreds frequently, but also about maintaining even gaps between such scores,” Dhawan was quoted by NDTV.
I Respect Selectors Decisions: Shikhar Dhawan
“I am a very positive person. It was a dream come true for me to lead the team last year. For the T20 World Cup, they thought the (chosen) players were better than me and fair enough. Whatever decision selectors make, I respect that.
That happens in life. You accept it and keep doing your job. I only focus on what is in my control and try to make the most of the opportunities that I get,” he added.
This year, Dhawan has scored 421 runs in 13 innings for Punjab Kings, scoring at an average of 38.27 and a strike-rate of 122.74. He is the sixth-highest scorer in the league at this stage. However, the possibilities of him opening for India in the current year’s mega-event stay thin.