Benched During T20I Series, Dhawan’s 98 Puts Him Back in the Mix

His ODIs performance has been good, though prior to Tuesday’s game he had only played nine ODIs since June 2019, after sustaining thumb injury during a World Cup match against Australia and also because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In two of those ODis he did not bat, including once due to another injury.

He got scores of 2, 36, 74, 96, 74, 30 and 16 in the seven times he batted before Tuesday in ODIs, averaging 46.85.

“I kept myself quite positive, I was focussing on the process, fitness, skills, and tried to be in a good mental space. I knew if I get an opportunity, I will take it.”

Dhawan was effusive in his praise of the India youngsters.

“It feels great to see their confidence. They play domestic cricket and IPL, both of which helps them. The IPL exposure with great players and coaches prepares them to face pressure situations. Then our domestic cricket is also a great structure. The mix of the two is helping us.”

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