Shikhar Dhwan | VVS Laxman feels Shikhar Dhawan too needs to secure his opener slot in T20 World Cup team

Shikhar Dhwan | VVS Laxman feels Shikhar Dhawan too needs to secure his opener slot in T20 World Cup team

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Shikhar Dhawan&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credits:&nbspAP, File Image

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  • Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on Sri Lanka tour
  • Team India will play three ODIs and three T20s on the tour.
  • Dhawan will take charge of the national team for the first time

Mumbai: Former Test legend VVS Laxman feels Shikhar Dhawan, who has been appointed captain for the limited overs series in Sri Lanka, will test his ability to make it into the Indian T20 World Cup squad as an opener’s substitute. Will be Dhawan is a regular member of India’s ODI team but struggles to make it to the T20 national team. However, he has emerged as the third option after Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul on the back of his impressive performance in the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

‘There is tough competition for place in the team’

Laxman said in ‘Game Plan’ of Star Sports, ‘Keeping in mind the T20 World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan’s thinking will be very clear that he has to take advantage of this opportunity. There is a very tough competition for a place in the team. “He would be excited to be the captain of the Indian team and anyone would be proud to lead his country,” he said. His focus, however, will be on scoring runs and securing his spot.

‘So Shikhar Dhawan will have to score runs’

With India’s regular captain Virat Kohli also opening the innings for RCB in the IPL, it will be more difficult for Dhawan to make it to the shortest format. Laxman said, ‘Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are established openers in the team. Virat Kohli clearly said that he wants to open the innings in the T20 format. In such a situation, Shikhar Dhawan will have to score runs.

Dhawan will be leading the national team for the first time and Laxman feels that the player has been rewarded for his consistent performance. “He (Dhawan) is being rewarded for his consistent performances for the Indian team, especially in the limited overs format. He is the most experienced player in this team.

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