The emergence of promising youngsters is slowly closing the door on the established stars of Indian cricket. Apart from Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and the currently in-form Suryakumar Yadav, none of the Indian cricketers including Virat Kohli can take their place in the Indian team for granted. With the increasing workload and busy schedule of international cricket, players are bound to give up at least one format, and the fact that there is so much depth in Indian cricket helps in a smooth transition once the seniors take one. Crucial calls about his career.
Speaking of seniors, one player who is looking tough to make a comeback in India’s T20I setup is Shikhar Dhawan. While the left-handed batsman continues to be an integral part of India’s ODI teams, Dhawan has been out of T20Is, with his last match in the format in July last year. However, Dhawan, who has been completely out of Tests for a long time, is not losing sleep over his omission and is satisfied with the way he is playing his cricket.
“To be honest, I don’t feel any disappointment. I think there is a time for everything and maybe it’s not my time. Maybe there’s something I’m missing that I can’t do well. So worry, I gave my best and that’s what matters. As long as I’m happy and satisfied. I care. If the name doesn’t come, it doesn’t affect me or anything like that. I’m very good. Space; I’m doing my best,” Dhawan told SportsTalk.
Dhawan recently played the England ODIs where he scored a half-century in the first ODI and then led India to a 3-0 series whitewash against the West Indies where he scored two fifties of 97 and 58 from three innings. He will lead India for the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe, but it will be interesting to see if Dhawan will be in the reckoning when the selectors meet to pick the squad for the Asia Cup on Monday. The last time the Asia Cup was played – in 2018 – Dhawan scored more than 320 runs, playing a crucial role in India’s win.
“Why not if the opportunity comes? When I play in the IPL, I try to perform well. And if I perform well there, I might get opportunities. Rest it’s up to the selectors… what’s their thought process, what’s their idea? The vision. Like I said, if it comes, Great, but even if it doesn’t come, that’s also good, I’m keeping myself fit and strong and I’m ready for it whenever I get a chance,” he said.