Limited-numbered captain says no discussions with England squad management on player selection have yet taken place
“Every series is important when you play for India and all the players know how important every game is,” said Dhawan. “There is competition for the opening slot and that’s a very good thing. Whoever plays, the goal is to do well as a team. Along the way, if we do that well, then those things [selection] take care of themselves. “
“So far, I have not had a specific discussion with Virat or Ravi bhai“he said.” I’m sure they may have spoken to Rahul bhai, or selectors and this message will be sent to us. Whatever it is, the focus is on the T20 World Cup. If the coaches or the team’s management agree that we need to play against someone in particular, this is a great platform to examine them. “
The 837 runs Shaw completed in the victorious Mumbai run, including three scores over 150, are the largest in Vijay Hazare Trophy history, and Shaw also continued his sparkling form in the IPL. Padikkal, the left-handed opener, finished second in the Hazare Trophy with 737 runs, thanks to four consecutive A-List centuries. He followed that up with an excellent IPL season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before the season was postponed due to the pandemic.
Dhawan was then a little intrigued with India’s six spin bowling options – the others are Krunal Pandya and the uncapped duo of Varun Chakravarthy and K Gowtham – and if they intended to consider them all at one. given moment.
“We haven’t really discussed who gets how many games,” he said. “The first objective is to win the series and we will play the best XI to win. We will choose the one that we think can do well [on a given day]. it’s not like we have to play against everyone just because we brought them here. It is not the thought process. “
Dhawan was very happy to have been able to spend time with the young players. The group spent two weeks in Mumbai and spent three weeks in Colombo, bonding on and off the pitch, in addition to playing a few practice matches. In a video posted on social media, Dhawan was even seen playing the flute with Shaw singing.
“I interacted with all of my young colleagues,” he said with a smile. “It’s good to know them personally, to see their skills in the net. It’s great to be connected to them – [Sandeep] Warrior, [Ishan] Porel, Akshdeep [Singh] and all the other young people. There is a great atmosphere in the team. it’s been a month now [that they have been together]. “
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo