India's left-hand opener, Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the Men in Blue in the three-match One-Day Internal series against New Zealand in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma. Ahead of the start of the series, Dhawan talked about how the cricketers deal with online trolling in the age of social media.
"On social media, there is trolling. We are used to it now, smart people know how to go about using social media. They know if they don't perform, what kind of chatter will take place on social media? It totally depends on our performance. When you know it, there is no need of looking into it. That's how I deal with it."
The ODI series against the Blackcaps will be beginning on Friday, November 25, 2022. This would be the third time when Punjab skipper is leading team India this year. Earlier, he captained the side in the ODI series against West Indies and then in the home series against South Africa.
We guys have been performing well for a period of time: Shikhar Dhawan
The batter was set to lead in the Zimbabwe series as well, but at the last moment, KL Rahul, after getting recovered from his injury, came back to the team and was named captain for that particular series.
"I was not hurt. I feel that whatever happens, happens for the best. I was then selected as the captain for the South Africa series, the selectors and the team management gave me that opportunity. I never feel bad," he added.
He was asked about his chances of playing the next year’s 50-over World Cup despite Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul being performing well in the last few months.
“We guys have been performing well for a period of time. At the same time, talking about myself, I have to keep performing. I know till the time I perform, it would be good for me. It keeps me on my toes and keeps me hungry." Dhawan said.