India’s cricket star, Shikhar Dhawan, expresses surprise over his absence in the Asian Games squad but remains committed to a potential return, focusing on fitness and his IPL responsibilities for Punjab Kings.
India’s formidable batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, found himself taken aback by his omission from the Asian Games squad, but he remains resolute in his determination to stage a comeback.
In a strategic move, India’s primary players won’t be participating in the upcoming Games in Hangzhou, as the World Cup looms shortly thereafter. Instead, the BCCI unveiled a second-string roster for the Games, helmed by Ruturaj Gaikwad. This scenario has arisen before – on four previous occasions when the first-choice players were indisposed, rested, or engaged in concurrent series elsewhere, Dhawan had stepped up to lead the second team.
“When I discovered my name wasn’t on the list, I admit it was a bit surprising. But then, I reminded myself that they possess a distinct thought process, and I simply need to accept it,” Dhawan conveyed to PTI. “I’m genuinely pleased that Rutu [Gaikwad] is set to captain the side. The squad comprises several young talents, and I’m confident they will perform admirably.”
Dhawan, who hasn’t added to his tally of 167 ODIs since last December, disclosed his ongoing commitment to physical readiness in case a recall beckons. “Without a doubt, I’ll be prepared. That’s why I make a conscious effort to stay in good shape. There’s always a possibility, whether it’s a mere 1% or a more substantial 20%.
“I still derive pleasure from training and the game itself; these aspects are within my control. I hold great respect for any decision that’s reached. As for my future, I haven’t engaged with any selectors. I frequently visit the National Cricket Academy [in Bengaluru]. I cherish my time there; the facilities are exceptional. The NCA has significantly shaped my career, and I’m deeply appreciative.”
Guiding the Punjab Kings in the IPL, Dhawan’s current focus is on achieving success within that arena. “I’m in a profoundly content state of mind. I count myself blessed to have experienced an extraordinary career and to have contributed to the Indian team.
“At this juncture, it’s a year-by-year approach. Physically, I’m in peak condition, and I have an IPL title to capture for the Punjab Kings. With hope, we’ll attain that objective next year.”