Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been India’s prime choice for opening slot since the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
Cricket news: It was important for Dhoni to return to form, says Dhawan
Before that Dhawan had played some impressive and gritty innings against the West Indies team, but was not a regular in the side and was dropped from the playing XI.
Since 2013, he and his partner Rohit Sharma has been a vital inclusion in the team. The left-hander right-hander duo has given many crucial and exciting starts while playing International cricket.
The form of Dhawan was a major concern before the beginning of Indian Premier League 2018 but the left-hander answered all his critics with some glorious drives.
Moreover he also showed how he has improved while playing on the off-side as he has showcased his improvements with some inside-out shots over the cover fielder.
While giving an interview to Times Now, Dhawan has pointed out the fact MS Dhoni’s improved new-look form will be important for the team and his power-hitting finishing ability will keep India ahead of others in the 2019 World Cup.
“Dhoni’s return to form is extremely important considering that this one year will be vital with World Cup in sight,” said Dhawan.
The former Indian captain and current Chennai Super Kings skipper has led his IPL franchise to their third title with his batting alongside his captaincy. Having played 16 matches, Dhoni has scored 455 runs with an amazing strike rate of 150.
Dhawan has also revealed that the Champions Trophy defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan is still lingering in the minds of the entire team, and everyone are hell-bent to beat them hands down in the World Cup and also improve the record against the neighbouring country.
Speaking on the side lines of CEAT Cricket Awards in Mumbai, Dhawan said, “Pakistan defeated us in Champions Trophy and now we will be playing them in World Cup. We will look to beat them and keep our perfect track record intact in the World Cup.”