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Shikhar Dhawan says he can still contribute to limited overs cricket

India opener Shikhar Dhawan remains an integral part of the ODI set-up but feels he still has a lot to contribute in the T20 format as he has been at the highest level for at least three years. want to play The 36-year-old from Delhi has scored another consecutive run in the IPL, scoring 421 runs with one game to spare for Punjab Kings. The last time the stylish opener scored less than 300 runs in the competition was in 2015, highlighting his consistency.

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However, despite leading India on the tour of Sri Lanka last year and being among the runs, Dhawan did not find a place in the final T20 World Cup squad. The competition for the spot in the Indian team is intensifying but Dhawan is expected to make a T20 comeback with the home series against South Africa starting on June 9.

He believes that his experience can come in handy in the T20 set-up.

“Though I remain an integral part of the team, still I feel I can contribute in the shortest format because of my experience. I am doing very well in T20 format. Whatever role has been given to me, I have played it well. I have managed to maintain consistency in the format I am playing, be it IPL or domestic level and I am enjoying it. Continuity is not only about scoring half-centuries or repeated hundreds, but it is also about maintaining the gap between such scores,” said Dhawan. PTI In an exclusive interview.

A few months after leading India in Sri Lanka, Dhawan missed the World Cup. Obviously he was disappointed but his positive outlook towards life helped him move on from it.

“Yes, I am a very positive person. It was a dream come true for me to lead the team last year. For the T20 World Cup, they felt that the (selected) players are better and fairer than me. Whatever the selectors decide, I respect that. It happens in life. You accept it and keep doing your thing. I only focus on what is in my control and try to make the most of the opportunities that I get.”

‘Definitely will play for at least three more years’

Having played 34 Tests, 149 ODIs and 68 T20Is for India since his 2010 debut, Dhawan wants to play for at least three years.

“I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself. This is a race that never ends. If I get into that mindset, I won’t be happy and it’s not good energy. My ODI average is 45.53. I am always looking for growth, analyzing if I can get better.

“We have to stay on our toes as cricketers and stay fit to be relevant in the race to represent India. I am playing for at least the next three years. I have been batting very well for the last few years, I am hopeful and positive that the way I am performing, there are many milestones to achieve.

He said on a philosophical note, “My focus is about the journey, not the destination, it is more about how I am refining myself as a cricketer and how I am consistently performing and as a leader.” How am I growing?”

The power-hitting role only continues to grow in the shortest format, with Dhawan realizing that constant upskilling is “really” the need of the hour.

“Everyone should be open to change if need be. I can adapt myself to any situation, I do that work during the day and the situation may not be same for the whole season, It keeps changing. I have the presence of mind to know what to do when,” he said.

‘We should have been more consistent’

On Thursday, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Titans to knock Punjab out of the IPL. It was another season of missed opportunities for Punjab.

“I would have liked to win more matches for the team and sometimes I felt we did well as a batting unit and sometimes as a bowling unit but should have been more consistent. Had we done that, we would have been in a much better position,” Dhawan said in his first season with the franchise.

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