The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is now a thing of the past and the complete focus is on the upcoming World Cup. Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan composed a splendid tally of 521 runs in 16 games at an average of 34.73 and he will be hopeful to take this form into the coming 50-overs quadrennial event. Dhawan will be playing an integral role in India’s World Cup campaign as the senior opener has a terrific track record in the ICC events contested in England.
While speaking about his companionship with his opening partner Rohit Sharma, Dhawan said, “If you play with someone for years, you’ll know him inside out. With Rohit, there’s nothing special that we do. It’s just the mindset. Even if I bat with Prithvi, the game remains the same. If one person gets going, the other man plays a supporting role.”
I don’t believe in worrying too much
Dhawan stated that he is concentrating on basics and does not think much about the past records. He mentioned that he always stays calm and composed and also looks at the areas where he needs to work on. “Conscious about what? This is my daily job. I make sure my basics are taken care of and I have a clear mind. Sometimes you make runs, sometimes you don’t. But I always keep calm and look at the areas where I need to work on and then I go and give it my best shot. I don’t believe in worrying too much,” Dhawan inferred.
There is no issue in changing the format says Dhawan
Dhawan mentioned that he has had a very positive run in the recent few months. He also revealed that he absolutely has no worries on the shift of formats between the IPL and 50-overs World Cup preparations. “It has been very positive because if you do well, you gain in momentum. Apart from the IPL, I also had a good series with Australia. There is no issue in changing the format as it is all about the mindset and changing that takes a minute. We are ready for any challenge that comes our way in the World Cup,” he added.
While talking about India’s bowling combination, Dhawan was quoted as saying, “We have a very strong bowling attack in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. This apart, we also have a good bowler in Hardik Pandya. This is a balanced bowling unit and that will definitely help the team. Bumrah is the no.1 bowler at present and then we also have quality spinners. I feel that this team is very well balanced.”