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“I was caught off guard by not making the Asia Cup game cut,” Shikhar Dhawan said.

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan admitted to being taken aback by his absence from the Asian Games squad. Given the recent composition of India’s alternate teams, it was expected that the left-handed batsman would make the squad and possibly command it, but he was left out of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s selection.

It should be remembered that Dhawan has served as interim captain whenever India has selected a second-string team in recent years. Dhawan admitted that he was startled by his non-selection, but he opted to remain philosophical about the situation.

“I was surprised to see my name was missing.” But then I was like, they have a different mental process, you just have to accept it,” Dhawan told PTI. “I’m glad Rutu [Gaikwad] will captain the side. “All of the young boys are present, and I am confident they will do well.”

Dhawan is no new to being in and out of the team, as he was also benched prior to the 2019 World Cup before being selected for the squad on the strength of his performances right before the event. The first batter went on to score a century in the World Cup before being sidelined by injury. Dhawan is aware that the door is not completely closed on him, and he is determined to be ready whenever the opportunity arrives, given the current spate of injury concerns among Indian squad members.

“I still enjoy training and playing the game; these are the things I can control.” Whatever choice is made, I respect it. I have not spoken with any selectors regarding my future plans. I continue to attend the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. I love my time there; the amenities are excellent. NCA has changed my career, and I am appreciative.”

“At this point, you go year by year.” Physically, I am in excellent shape, and I am competing in the IPL with the Punjab Kings. Hopefully, we will be able to do so next year.”

Dhawan has not played for India in any format since the home ODIs against Bangladesh in December 2022.


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