Shikhar Dhawan: Indian team opener and Shikhar Dhawan, who is captaining the ODI team on New Zealand tour, has a lot of faith in God. Recently, during the Zimbabwe tour, the BCCI had snatched the captaincy from Dhawan and handed it over to KL Rahul. The fans also felt very bad on this. How would Dhawan have felt then? This thing has also been revealed.
Dhawan himself has made this disclosure. In fact, Dhawan, who usually leads the ODI team in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, was appointed captain for the three ODIs in the tour of Zimbabwe in August this year, but after KL Rahul was fit, the former national selection committee Had snatched the captaincy from him.
‘Whatever happens is for our good’
Dhawan said on the eve of the first ODI against New Zealand, ‘I was not hurt because some things are pre-determined and whatever happens is for our good. And if you see after the Zimbabwe tour, I was made the captain again for the series against South Africa and the same selection committee entrusted me with this responsibility.
Dhawan said, ‘I was not saddened at all by what happened in Zimbabwe. Whatever God does, he does for good. I consider myself lucky that at this stage of my career I have got the opportunity to captain India. He also talked about the reasons for handing over the captaincy to Rahul in the Zimbabwe tour.
Why was Rahul made the captain?
Dhawan said, ‘Rahul was made the captain in Zimbabwe because he is the vice-captain of the main team. He had to play in the Asia Cup after that series and if Rohit got injured, Rahul had to take over the captaincy. That’s why it was better that he should captain in Zimbabwe. That’s why it was the right decision in this perspective.
Dhawan has played 161 ODIs so far, in which he has scored 6672 runs. He will turn 37 on December 5 and knows there is little room for error as far as he is concerned. He said that by playing only one format, he is always ready for the challenges of international cricket.
Dhawan is happy even playing one format
He said, ‘It completely depends on the person. I consider it God’s grace that I am playing only one format. This helps me to complete my other works. I am more fresh and strong than when I used to play in all three formats.
Dhawan knows that once Rohit and Rahul return, the competition in the top order will increase and apart from them, Shubman Gill will also be a contender for the opener. He said, ‘Now many players are representing India in all three formats and it is a good thing. Playing in one format has its own challenges but I keep myself ready.