Can’t take anything for granted against Zimbabwe: Shikhar Dhawan

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After what seems like an eternity, India will be touring Zimbabwe to play a 3-game ODI series and India vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan spoke at a press conference two days before the 1st ODI. Dhawan, who was initially named series captain, but once KL Rahul was deemed fit, he was given the role of skipper.

“It’s very good news that KL Rahul is back and leading the team. He is one of the main players in the team and with the Asian Cup coming up, it’s good for him and me. hope he gets a lot out of this tour,” Shikhar said of Rahul.

Speaking about the Zimbabwean team, he said, “When Zimbabwe play against India or any other quality team, their players get noticed when they are successful. They will get more exposure. They have new players and we were analyzing their strengths and weaknesses.

“They won against Bangladesh and are playing good cricket. It’s good for world cricket and it’s good for us and we can’t take anything for granted. It’s about the process. Whatever the team we’re up against, we always make sure we get it right to end up getting the right results and that will again be our focus as a team,” he added.

Speaking about his performance, the southpaw said: “I want to do well and score points for the team like I did against West Indies. I will play with a positive frame of mind. ”

The versatile Washington Sunder suffered a shoulder injury in a county game in England and was dropped from the tour and Dhawan said he was an important part of the squad, but India have to good backups.

“It’s sad that Washington is out. He’s a pretty important player for the team. But that’s part and parcel…injuries happen. Hopefully he recovers soon. He’ll be missed as a spinner, but we have a good backup thanks to Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Hooda, who also play out of rotation,” he said.

The ODI format has recently been in the eye of the storm with many pundits of the opinion that it is becoming obsolete and Dhawan who has been a strong supporter of ODI cricket spoke about it in the PC. “It’s a great format. It’s a balanced format where you have to know when to attack and when to defend. It’s not a rushed format, it’s about understanding when to attack and when to defend, for hitters and bowlers. I really enjoy playing this format,” he said.

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