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India vs Australia - Moved On From Disappointment Of Losing Spot in Test Side: Dhawan

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 28, 2018, 1:40 PM IST
India vs Australia - Moved On From Disappointment Of Losing Spot in Test Side: Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan. (Image: AP)

India opener Shikhar Dhawan has ‘moved on’ from the disappointment of being dropped from the Test side. The southpaw was left out of the squad in the two-match series against Windies at home, and was subsequently not a part of the side picked for the four-match series in Australia.

"Yes, I was a bit sad but I have moved on and I am in a good frame of mind,” said Dhawan, talking to ESPNCricinfo.

“I am in a happy positive mood. I am enjoying my game. I have got a bit of time off and I am going to enjoy my training and get myself fitter. I am happy and once I am happy, things go well for me."

Despite India’s poor record in Australia, the 32-year-old is assured that Virat Kohli and his side will achieve success in the Test series, starting in Adelaide on December 6.

"I think we have got a very good chance to win the series here. We have to play good complete cricket in all three departments whether it's batting, bowling or fielding and also catching. We have to be consistent and then we will have a good chance of beating Australia."

While Dhawan may have been left out of the Test side, he is in a purple patch as far as the limited overs game is concerned. He was awarded the player of the series in the recently concluded T20Is against Australia, where he scored 117 runs in two innings. He averages an incredible 40.52 in T20Is this year, having scored six half-centuries in 18 matches. In the fifty-over format, the southpaw aggregates 857 runs in the calendar year at an average of 50.41 with two centuries and three fifties.

With the ICC World Cup 2018 only six months away, Dhawan’s focus is entirely on getting his process right.

"I am going to give my best. I am a big believer in process and once I get it right, other things will follow on its own. Of course, we would like to bring the World Cup back home," he said.

"I have done well in both Champions Trophies in England and with my experience, I hope to score a lot of runs in World Cup and give good starts and sail through so that we can get the Cup back."
First Published: November 28, 2018, 1:39 PM IST

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