India’s former cricketer Aakash Chopra lauds opener Shikhar Dhawan for his consistent performance. He had been outstanding in this format, with the bat. The left hander has scored three 50s in the last four ODIs he played. He stood not out on 81 in the first ODI against Zimbabwe. He, along with Shubman Gill, guarded India to seal an easy 10-wicket victory at, Harare.
Dhawan right now is getting chances only in India’s ODI squad. He is in no scene in the Test and T20I sides since a long time. However, Dhawan hasn’t disappointed the management as he has been consistent enough in recent times. Hopefully, this will clear his road to the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Chopra lauded Dhawan heavily. He narrated how Dhawan backed himself against the obstacles. The Indian opener was strong enough to take the challenge. Chopra said on his YouTube channel,
“It is a simple story for Shikhi boy (Shikhar). The guy scores runs whenever he gets an opportunity. So I am extremely happy, Shikhi boy keep going. Backs to the wall, the world is against you but he is continuing to do his job because he is a happy-go-lucky guy.”
Dhawan has to play the 2023 World Cup: Chopra
The present commentator however also pointed out Dhawan’s attitude after KL Rahul became the captain. Chopra said, Dhawan is totally chilled, and his playing his part much. He added,
“He was the captain for the series, suddenly KL Rahul is para-dropped and he doesn’t remain the captain. When he was asked, he said how does it make a difference to him, he is happy KL is back, he will just play his flute and do the same with the opposition team as well.”
Chopra considers Dhawan as a giant of ODI cricket. Moreover, Chopra is pretty sure that Dhawan will make into the 2023 ODI World Cup squad.
“He batted well once again, played aggressively this time, batted till the end, remained not out. Shikhar Dhawan is saying repeatedly that he has to play the 2023 World Cup.”
“You can play anyone you want – Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad or any other opener – in T20 cricket. He (Dhawan) is a giant of ODI cricket and you cannot move him. He is doing his job extremely well.”
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