"They thought the players were better than me for the T20 WC" - Shikhar Dhawan opens up about the T20 WC 2021 2021 snub and his future with the Indian team
Sunrisers Hyderabad has gone one on one against Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings on 22nd May, Sunday. Looking at the match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as captain as Kane Williamson has gone back home.
The right-arm pacer won the toss and opted to bat. Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a decent total of 157 runs on the board. Abhishek Sharma has again missed his fifty and returned to the dugout after scoring 43 runs for his team.
The other batters of the side have been decent with the bat. However, Punjab Kings won quite comfortably as they went on to chase down the target in under 16 overs of the game.
Liam Livingstone has shown his worth with the bat and remained unbeaten on 49 runs, smashing 5 sixes in it. But this win will not help Punjab Kings as both the teams have already been kicked out of the playoffs in this edition of the Indian Premier League.
I am hopeful and positive: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan who has been consistently scoring runs in the Indian Premier League was dropped by the Indian team during the T20 World Cup 2021 that was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In that case, the left-handed batter has shared a lot about that in an interaction with NDTV Sports, saying, "For the T20 world cup, they thought the players were better than me and fair enough.
Whatever decision selectors make, I respect that. That happens in life. You accept it and keep doing your job. I only focus on what is in my control and try to make the most of the opportunities that I get."
"I am playing for the next three years at least. I have been batting quite well for the past few years, I am hopeful and positive that the way I am performing, there are many milestones to achieve, My focus is about the journey and not the destination, it is more about how I am refining myself as a cricketer and how consistently am I performing and as a leader, how am I growing," said Shikhar Dhawan.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa. The left-hander didn't get the place in the 18-member squad announced by BCCI and had to wait a little bit more to make his comeback in the national colours.