Shikhar Dhawan opens up and admits his failure in Test series against England

Despite a pale series in England, Dhawan has been in a good form in the limited-overs cricket.

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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan would like to flush the memories of Test series against England as he had no performance worth remembering there. The southpaw himself admitted that he had a horrendous series there with the bat. However, Dhawan added that he tried to give his all but couldn't get the desired result.

Dhawan isn't worried about his place in the longer format being snatched away from him. He is doing quite well in the Asia Cup 2018 with the white ball.

Talking about his form, he said, "I think it always helps when you perform well (irrespective of the form). Agar fayda hona hoga to ho jayega, nahi hona hoga to nai hoga (we will see if my current form helps me in Tests). Whenever I play, red ball or white ball, I utilize whatever knowledge I have of the game.

"If you talk about the England Test, I did not do well but I gave it all. Others played better than me. I accept it. There is no shame in it. Then I came here to play white ball cricket, had different plans because of different conditions. Sometimes they (plans) work sometimes they don't."

India and Bangladesh are in final of Asia Cup 2018 and Dhawan isn't underestimating the three-time Asia Cup finalists.

"Pakistan may be a bigger team on paper but Bangladesh played better cricket than them and are in the final again. They are always tough to beat, especially at home. They are showing by performances they have gotten so much better. They know how to play under pressure.

"They play fearlessly against big teams and you have to appreciate that. Having said that, it takes time (to win major events). For them reaching the final is also a big thing. Hopefully, we will win tomorrow but you will see them crossing the barrier in some other tournament."

In the absence of Indian stalwart Virat Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been in top form and have provided the team a much-needed stability at the top. 

"It was not like that we felt that we had more responsibility in Virat's absence. It was a tournament where the management could give the opportunity to the upcoming players, find out who all are equipped to bat in the middle order.

"That is why we took rest also (against Afghanistan) so that guys who have not spent time in the middle get to do that. Virat around or not, Rohit and I approach every match the same way, with the same effort. There is obviously a lot of difference between England weather and the weather here but we train well to deal with that."

Dhawan also spoke about the rivalry between India and Bangladesh which is now taking over their rivalry with Pakistan. The clash between India and Bangladesh is hyped after 2015. "Well, there was rivalry before that also. There will always be a rivalry on the field. Off the field, we are friends but on it, we have to do our job."


By Sihyeu Singh - 28 Sep, 2018

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