Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman believes India’s white ball series against Sri Lanka will be crucial for stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan to make his case for the T20 World Cup scheduled for October-November this year.
“I think Shikhar Dhawan will be rewarded for his consistent performances in white ball cricket. He is the most experienced player on the team. But Shikhar will be very aware that he has to use this opportunity, especially considering the T20 World Cup, “Laxman said at Star Sports on Friday.
“There is so much tough competition with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as established openers. Virat Kohli mentioned very clearly that he wants to open in the T20 format. So Shikhar must be among the race. ”
Laxman added: “While he is thrilled to be captain of the Indian team, everyone will be proud to lead their country, but the focus will be on scoring races and putting his place in a safe and secure position.”
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed his views on the team, which meets Dhawan’s personality when on the pitch.
“He (Dhawan) is a very funny loving guy. Every time you meet him, he always laughs and is cheerful. So young people will be very comfortable around him. ”
Pathan felt that Dhawan should pass on his experiences to the youngsters in the team.
“I think he as a leader also wants a point to prove. At the same time, he not only looks forward to performing, but also shares his experiences with all the boys, ”he said.
India’s series against Sri Lanka begins with the first ODI in Colombo on 13 July.
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