Captain Dhawan will also have to do well for a place in T20 World Cup squad on Sri Lanka tour: Laxman


Mumbai
Former Test legend VVS Laxman believes that Shikhar Dhawan, who has been appointed captain for the limited overs series to be held in Sri Lanka.Shikhar Dhawan) will have to test his ability to make it to the Indian T20 World Cup squad as a substitute for the opener.

Dhawan is a regular member of India’s ODI team but struggles to make it to the T20 national team. However, on the basis of his impressive performance in the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he has emerged as the third option after Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

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Laxman said in ‘Game Plan’ of Star Sports, ‘Keeping in mind the T20 World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan’s thinking will be very clear that he has to take advantage of this opportunity. It is a very tough fight to make a place in the team.

“He would be excited to be the captain of the Indian team and anyone would be proud to lead his country. His focus, however, will be on scoring runs and securing his spot.

With India’s regular captain Virat Kohli also opening the innings for RCB in the IPL, it will be more difficult for Dhawan to make it to the shortest format team.

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Laxman said, ‘Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are established openers in the team. Virat Kohli clearly said that he wants to open the innings in the T20 format. In such a situation, Shikhar Dhawan will have to score runs.

Dhawan will be leading the national team for the first time and Laxman feels that the player has been rewarded for his consistent performance.

“He (Dhawan) is being rewarded for his consistent performances for the Indian team, especially in the limited overs format. He is the most experienced player in this team.

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