Timing is the key for any batsman to thrive in the sport. Shikhar Dhawan, who has enjoyed a purple patch ever since returning to the national setup, knows more about timing things to perfection than any other. After getting dropped owing to poor form, Dhawan fell down in the pecking order with KL Rahul nosing ahead to become Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. But the left-hander sent a timely reminder to the selectors just a few days ahead of the IPL by smashing a century in the Deodhar Trophy earlier this year in Visakhapatnam.
The century was followed by a half-century and a brisk 45 in the final of the tournament. With Rahul getting injured and owing to Dhawan’s past heroics in England, the selectors went back to him for the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year and since then he hasn’t looked back. And now with the series against Sri Lanka on the line, Dhawan returns to the venue where he also played his first game for India, back in 2010. He had a disappointing debut, scoring a two-ball duck, but seven years on, he has established himself as one of the key members of this batting lineup.
“I’ve always loved coming back to Vizag,” Dhawan said on Saturday (December 16) ahead of the series decider. “A very beautiful city, very clean city and of course the property in which we are living, it has the sea in front of us, it’s beautiful. And, of course, I did well in the Deodhar trophy as you said and after that there was a drastic change in my career. As they say, Vizag is a city of destiny isn’t it? It has been good for me and I always enjoy coming here.
“I’ve been performing consistently in the past few months, I’m very happy about it the way I’ve been performing. Of course, as a player, you can keep on growing, you never stop learning. I keep learning new things in my game and try to implement it in the nets and in the match.”
Hailing Rohit as one of the best opening batsman he has played with Dhawan mentioned that the India stand-in captain keeps it simple as a leader. “He has only been captain for two matches but I’ve known Rohit from a long time and I know what’s his character like,” Dhawan observed. “He is a very chilled out captain and he tells us to keep the basics right, we all know our roles, we are a matured side now, we just have to give our best and hats off to him for the way he performed in the last game and he led from the front. Very happy about it.”
Source : CricBuzz