India’s veteran opener, Shikhar Dhawan has always been known for cracking jokes. He prefers to remain light-hearted even in the toughest of the situations and fans appreciate his composed approach to life. The southpaw has often been seen pulling his teammates’ legs and his latest victim is Test middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Dhawan recently took a dig Pujara for his unusual haircut which he had sported in 2010.
Dhawan took to Instagram to upload the decade-old picture of Pujara who is seen sitting alongside Ajinkya Rahane, India’s Test vice-captain, at what seems to be an award ceremony. He captioned the picture in Hindi saying: “Haye kya hairstyle tha tera @cheteshwarpujara” (What a hairstyle you have, Cheteshwar Pujara!)
Recently Dhawan also poked fun at Pujara after the latter picked a wicket in Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra against Uttar Pradesh — his sixth in first-class cricket after playing 197 games.
Dhawan recently made a comeback in the national squad after an injury. While he missed the chance to bat in the abandoned T20I against Sri Lanka in Guwahati, he played a crucial knock of 32 in 29 balls in the second match in Indore that India won by 7 wickets. His 71-run partnership with KL Rahul in the absence of Rohit Sharma almost announced his arrival, but his slow knock was questioned by a few.
Shikhar also sustained a knee injury during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he missed international cricket in the month of December despite being picked initially for the limited-over West Indies tour of India. With India having a series of limited-over assignments lined up and the T20 World Cup scheduled in October, he can be expected to play a crucial role for the men in blue.
Dhawan will be opening for India in the third and final T20I against the Lankans in Pune on Friday before facing the Australian attack in a three-ODI series. Virat Kohli and his men are leading the T20I series 1-0 and will look to wrap it in Pune.