India will be locking horns with Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series, starting with the first match scheduled to be taking place in Harare on Thursday, August 18. On Tuesday, India’s designated vice-captain for the series Shikhar Dhawan attended one of the pre-match press conferences and answered quite a few questions from various journalists. However, the veteran opener failed to understand the language of one of the questions, saying that the accent of the journalist was a bit heavy for him to grasp.
The reporter with his heavy assent, asked, “Shikhar, how difficult is it to play a team like Zimbabwe at this moment… who have been struggling for a long period. They haven’t even played much against the Indian team. Do you expect to beat a team like Zimbabwe.”
Shikhar Dhawan was taken aback by the question and he responded: “Ah, I didn’t get it. Can you repeat? I couldn’t understand your accent, sir”. His reaction drew a burst of laughter from everyone present inside the press box.
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After grasping the question after the second time of asking, Shikhar Dhawan said that India playing Zimbabwe is a good thing for the development of the sport.
Shikhar Dhawan said, “It is good that they (Zimbabwe) won against Bangladesh. I am sure they are playing good cricket. This is good for us too. It will keep us on our toes and we would not take anything for granted. We are here to perform. Irrespective of the team and time, we should focus on getting the process right so that we get the right results.”
The ODI will be followed by the second and third ODI at the same venue. The second ODI will be played on Saturday, August 20 while the final ODI will be played on Monday, August 22.