Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

India opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed that the team management will give the chance to the youngsters to establish themselves before the next year’s World T20 in Australia. Even the captain Virat Kohli also shared that the youngsters need to prove themselves in the opportunities they are getting. Dhawan further said that the senior players are always ready to help the young players like Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant, who is currently out of form.

Pant has been going through a tough time with the bat. Although, in MS Dhoni‘s absence he has become India’s first-choice wicket-keeper. However, seeing his condition, shot-selection and temperament, the other keeper batsmen like Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, KS Bharat are also in the radar.

“For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said. “That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.”

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

He further said that this series will be beneficial for the youngsters to prove their talent and cement their respective places for the T20 World Cup. He even praised the young bowlers like Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar. Both of them have been doing well in the series.

“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well. Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same time, he has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” Dhawan said.

However, Shikhar Dhawan too has been playing well. He was the top scorer in the third T20I (36) for India against South Africa. He was happy that he was timing the ball well. He further said that his process is very strong and he is a keen observer of whatever he is doing.

“I will make sure I do everything in a detailed manner, and yes, sometimes some strategies don’t go your way, sometimes they do. It is part of the journey, I have always backed myself, I know the hard work I have put in, and I know that things will go good for me,” he concluded.