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SL series will serve as audition for WT20 spot: Dhawan

July 17, 2021 21:27 IST
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'Whoever is playing this series, is looking at T20 World Cup. Of course, if selectors, Ravi bhai or Virat have some players in mind, we can mutually agree and play that player as this is a good platform. If you want to see someone before World T20, this is the only series you have.'

India coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Shikhar Dhawan chat during a practice session on Saturday. Like coach Dravid had mentioned earlier, skipper Dhawan also said that there is no hard and fast rule that they have to try out each and every player in this series against Sri Lanka.

IMAGE: India coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Shikhar Dhawan chat during a practice session on Saturday. Like coach Dravid had mentioned earlier, skipper Dhawan also said that there is no hard and fast rule that they have to try out each and every player in this series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

India's temporary white-ball captain Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday said that his team management would certainly check out any player or players if skipper Virat Kohli or coach Ravi Shastri have them in mind going into the big-ticket ICC T20 World Cup.

 

Dhawan will lead a young squad with six uncapped players in a six-match limited overs series against Sri Lanka, which is the last opportunity to check out a few players for the available slots for the marquee event in the UAE, starting October 17.

"I haven't had any specific discussion with Virat or Ravi bhai. But I am sure they must have had some sort of discussion with Rahul bhai and the selectors, and I am sure we would be conveyed that message," Dhawan said on Saturday, the eve of the first ODI.

"Whoever is playing this series, is looking at T20 World Cup. Of course, if selectors, Ravi bhai or Virat have some players in mind, we can mutually agree and play that player as this is a good platform. If you want to see someone before World T20, this is the only series you have," the veteran opener said.

While he didn't divulge the playing XI, Dhawan informed that they have decided on his opening partner for the series.

"We have finalised my opening partner and the team as well, which we are going to disclose tomorrow."

Like coach Rahul Dravid, the Indian skipper also said that there is no hard and fast rule that they have to try out each and every player in this series.

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"No, we haven't yet decided who and how many we will play," Dhawan replied to a specific question on how many among the six spinners in the squad could get a chance.

There will be no compromise in the team's goal to win the series at the expense of experimentation, he made it clear.

"The goal is to win series and the best playing XI will play. Whoever is the best spinner will pay. There is no hard and fast rule that we need to play everyone," he said.

While there was a question on spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal playing in tandem after a long time, Dhawan indicated that Rahul Chahar is also in the radar.

"Of course they (Kuldeep and Chahal) share a great chemistry. They have played so many matches, bowling really well. Even Rahul is a great spinner. We have a bunch of boys bowing well, they are on top of their game and you will see them bowling well," the skipper said.

Having played a lot under Ravi Shastri's coaching, Dhawan is also enjoying Rahul Dravid's distinct style of devising strategies.

"They (Dravid and Shastri) both have their own qualities and they both are very positive people. I have spent time with Ravi bhai and their ways to motivate are different.

"Ravi bhai's energy is a bit strong, whereas Rahul bhai (Rahul Dravid) is very calm, composed and strong as well, so everyone has their own way and I enjoy playing under both of them."

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