Indian team’s left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday praised Mayank Agarwal, with whom he is going to open for Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. Dhawan has said that he will enjoy opening the innings with Mayank in IPL 2022. Dhawan has called Mayank a great character. Dhawan was part of Delhi Capitals for a few seasons before this, but in IPL 2022, Punjab Kings bought him in a mega auction for Rs 8.25 crore.
The 36-year-old Shikhar Dhawan will play for Punjab Kings under the captaincy of Mayank Agarwal. The Punjab team’s first match this season will be against Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 27 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Shikhar Dhawan said at the launch of his foundation, “Mayank is a very experienced player now. He is a great character as well as a funny guy, so I would enjoy opening the innings with him for Punjab Kings.”
Asked about Punjab’s team structure, the left-hander said the team has a good mix of youth and experience. “We have a good mix of youth and experience, which makes our team very strong and we will do well in the upcoming IPL season,” he added. Shikhar has been a constant feature in India’s ODI setup but hasn’t found a place in the T20I squad for quite some time now. He was not even a part of the Indian team for the 2021 T20 World Cup. However, the veteran opener is not worried about his selection.
He said, “I am focusing on my on-field performance and trying to relax myself. I am already working hard and doing what is in my control. If I do well If I do, then my name will automatically come in the team and even if it does not happen, I will continue my process without any tension.” At the same time, regarding the foundation, he said, “It is a big day for me and my team. I always wanted to create my own foundation through which I can contribute to the society. Through my vision, which is called ‘ Called ‘Impact 11’, we will adopt 11 NGOs and try to uplift them through funding and other strategic measures.”