- Shikhar Dhawan led India in a three-match ODI series against the West Indies.
- He became the first Indian skipper to whitewash West Indies in West Indies in ODIs.
- Dhawan will next don the captain’s hat against Zimbabwe this month.
In the matches against West Indies, Dhawan finished as the second highest run getter for the Men in Blue and scored fifties in two out of the three games. He was excellent as a skipper and displayed some outstanding fielding skills as well.
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Speaking about Dhawan’s importance and his brilliance against the Windies, Sridhar, who has worked with him during his India stint, said, “About Dhawan, he has been invaluable to Indian cricket for the last eight or nine years, especially in the white-ball format. He has been a great foil to both Rohit and Virat. These two guys have been exceptional at the top, and Dhawan has got a huge role to play as a left-hander. He has carved a niche for himself as a reliable opening batter. His fitness is probably better than it was a few years ago. He also understands the game better,” Sridhar told cricket.com.
According to him, the left-handed batter will surely be a part of the Indian line-up in the ICC Men’s World Cup next year.
“When it comes to ODI cricket, we don’t want to look beyond him too much, or at least till the 2023 World Cup, and in the shorter format, he is a back-up better. He gives his IPL teams 400-plus runs every season, but whereas the Indian team is concerned, he is going nowhere till the 2023 World Cup.”