Shikhar Dhawan has been struggling to score runs for some time now.
Shikhar Dhawan’s eyes are on the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
Shikhar Dhawan has scored only one half-century in the last 9 matches.
Mirpur. Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has been struggling to score runs for some time now, is working on his sweep shot and reverse hit as part of preparations for next year’s ODI World Cup at home. Dhawan has managed only one half-century in the last nine matches and ahead of the World Cup, the 37-year-old batsman’s place in the team seems to be in jeopardy. Shubman Gill, who was not included in the team for the Bangladesh series, is being considered as a strong contender to open the innings with captain Rohit Sharma in the World Cup.
Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid took part in a special practice session with Dhawan ahead of the second ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday (December 7). Dhawan said on the eve of this match which became like ‘do or die’ for India, “It is good to practice more. In these situations, playing these shots (sweep shots and reverse hits) helps. Even the World Cup will be held in India, where spinners will make an impact, even there these shots will be helpful. I enjoy playing such shots. It was good to practice in these conditions.
Shikhar Dhawan’s struggle to score runs has hurt India in the power play recently. In the first ODI against Bangladesh, Dhawan scored seven runs in 17 balls and the Indian team was dismissed for 186 runs in 41.2 overs. Dhawan said, “This is not the first time that we have lost the first match of the series. It is common. We know how to make a comeback in these situations. We are absolutely sure of making a comeback.
Bangladesh’s score was 136 for nine at one time but Mehandi Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman shared an unbroken 51-run partnership for the last wicket to take their team to the target. Dhawan said, “It doesn’t happen often but he batted very well. There is no doubt that Bangladesh played good cricket. He said, “We have reviewed in which areas we need to improve. We will definitely make a bigger impact in the upcoming matches. We are very positive and looking forward to play the next match.
Dhawan said about spin all-rounder Washington Sundar, “He has been doing really well since he made his comeback. Even in New Zealand he played a brilliant innings and bowled well. He is a very good all rounder. An impact spinner and a useful batsman batting lower down the order. The more matches he plays, the more his game will improve.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 06, 2022, 19:10 IST