While Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t played any T20I since July 2021, he continues to be part of India’s ODI setup and will lead the team in the format against West Indies as well. The ongoing England ODI series is a big opportunity for the veteran batter to get some more game time.
In the first ODI against England, he scored 31 off 54 at The Oval and then was dismissed for 9 at the Lord’s.
Former India international Wasim Jaffer feels that the fact Dhawan isn’t playing a lot of cricket these days is a big factor behind his rustiness.
“Very unlike batting display. Shikhar Dhawan again, although he got a not out in the first game, he still looks rusty. He hasn’t found his touch because he hasn’t played a lot of cricket,” Jaffer said while analysing Dhawan’s batting during 2nd ODI on ESPNcricinfo.
Recently, Dhawan had said he’s confident of getting into a rhythm soon enough.
“I understand the need to prepare well before a tour, so I make sure to keep focusing on my basics and the method of my preparation. I had been practising for quite some time for the England ODIs and I’m sure I’ll be in fine rhythm in the coming matches,” said Dhawan as quoted by The Telegraph India.