Shikhar Dhawan on competition with KL Rahul for Rohit Sharma’s ODI opening partner: I don’t take anything for granted

In Short

  • Shikhar Dhawan has been an integral part of India’s ODI batting
  • Dhawan will lead India in the 3-match ODI series in New Zealand
  • Dhawan also spoke on dealing with social media trolls

By India Today Web Desk: Indian batter Shikhar Dhawan said that until he keeps performing, he doesn’t have to worry about his opening slot in ODIs. The left-hander, however, said that he stays on his toes since he understands that KL Rahul is also in the mix to be Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the 50-over format.

Dhawan is set to lead India in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand to start on Friday, November 25 at the Eden Park in Auckland.

“We guys have been performing quite well. We have both been very successful players. But at the same time, talking about myself, I have to keep performing and I don’t take anything for granted. I know that till the time I am going to perform, I am going to be there. So, it’s good that it keeps me on my toes and keeps me hungry,” Dhawan was quoted as saying in the pre-match press conference.

Dhawan has been an integral part of India’s ODI setup for over a decade and is also on the verge of becoming the seventh batter in the country to score 12000 runs in List A cricket.

In 2022, the 36-year-old Dhawan captained India to five wins out of six ODIs against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The southpaw, who has 17 centuries and five half-centuries to his name in ODIs, also spoke about dealing with trolls on various social media platforms. The veteran said that he doesn’t like to look into online trolling.

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“On social media, people praise us and troll us as well and we are used to it. At the same time, a smart person won’t go and look into social media because we know how people will respond if we don’t perform well. The social media will respond to how we perform. So, when you know it, there is no need to look into it. That’s how I deal with it,” he added.

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