'There is this young guy who...' - Shikhar Dhawan reveals reason behind why he was dropped from India's ODI squad

Shikhar Dhawan was an important part in the team for nearly seven years but was dropped from the side following a lean patch with the bat.

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Shikhar Dhawan (Source - Twitter)

Shikhar Dhawan (Source - Twitter)

Indian cricket team's veteran opening batter Shikhar Dhawan has been struggling to break into the national team again. He is currently not part of the team in any format. It now seems that Dhawan might not ever return to the Indian team again. The reason for this is the consistent performance of the younger players. Despite this, it is the dream of a cricketer that as long as he is fit and can play, he should get a chance to represent the country.

Meanwhile, the star left-hander recently took part in an interview where he talked about many things related to him. During the interview, he was asked about losing his place on the team. To which, he responded that Indian captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid backed him a lot and he even performed well in ODIs but he mentioned that India's young sensation Shubman Gill was performing better than him

"When Rohit took over the captaincy he along with Rahul Dravid backed me enough. They told me they wanted me to focus on my cricket and that my vision should be the next World Cup. 2022 was very good for me, I was consistent in ODIs. But there is this young guy who has been doing well in two formats, and when my form dipped in a series or two then they gave a chance to Shubman and he has lived up to their expectation. We are used to such situations. When Ishan Kishan slammed a double century against Bangladesh, then for a moment I thought I could be out of the team," Dhawan told AajTak in an interview.

This is not something new in cricket: Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan may not be a part of Team India but he will be seen in the Indian T20 League 2023. In this season, he will be seen leading the Punjab-based franchise. Dhawan is one of the most successful cash-rich league openers, he also had a great last season as well as he scored 460 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38.33. Three half-centuries came out of his bat and the highest score was 88 not out. Dhawan opined that losing a spot in the team is a common thing for cricketers as it happens with everyone.

"This is not something new in cricket. Or this happened just with me, plenty of others have met with the same fate. There are times when you play well throughout the year and then your form drops for a month or two, sometimes that becomes bigger than your performance throughout the year. When a captain, coach, and selector take a decision they put plenty of thoughts into it," he added.

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