India opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed that the team management should give the youngsters a long run to establish themselves before next year’s World T20 in Australia. Captain Virat Kohli recently said that the youngsters will have to prove themselves in the opportunities they are getting.
“(While) trying out youngsters, it is good to give them a good run because when new players come in, it takes time for them to express themselves. Young boys are taking these opportunities with both hands. I am sure the team management will give them a longer run,” Dhawan said.
He further said that the senior players are “always open” to help the youngsters.
“Any time, any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always open to help them, always there for them,” Dhawan told reporters. “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.”
“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 added.
The southpaw said the series against Proteas is the perfect platform for youngsters such as Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar to build their confidence ahead of the T20 World Cup. Both of them have impressed with the ball 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.
Dhawan, however, is looking in good touch with the bat and timing the ball pretty well.
“I have been playing well. I got a break and came back and even in West Indies, I didn’t score many runs, but I was middling the ball nicely. For me, it’s normal, it happens, four-five innings can go here and there. I know that my process is very strong, I am a keen observer of whatever I am doing,” he told.
“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.