Focus is on 2023 World Cup, want to play as many matches as possible: Dhawan

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13 Aug 2022 | 05:51 AM
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Focus is on 2023 World Cup, want to play as many matches as possible: Dhawan

The southpaw hopes to continue his good run of form at ICC events

India opener Shikhar Dhawan turns his attention to the 2023 50-over World Cup and adds that he wants to feature in as many matches as possible ahead of the mega event.

Dhawan, who was initially set to lead India in the One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe had to step aside after regular vice-captain KL Rahul had been declared fit for the series.

"My focus is definitely on next year's 50-overs World Cup and for that, I want to play as many matches as possible for India and do well in them. In between, there is the IPL as well, so I will try to continue to perform there and look to play the domestic one-day and T20 matches and keep myself match-fit and ready," said Dhawan in an interview with Indian media.

Dhawan, who was India's star in their triumphant Champions Trophy campaign in 2013 said that he loves to play in ICC events.

"I love playing in ICC tournaments. There is always a different feeling and satisfaction and I have had some very good tournaments in the past. I prepare and approach every tournament exactly the same way," said Dhawan.

"Every time I wear the Indian jersey, pressure is always there and the thing is, as an experienced player, I know how to handle pressure. The buzz definitely helps, because it adds motivation to my game. I do not get over-awed by the moment, because my focus, process, and preparation is the same for any tournament I am playing in," he added.

Dhawan, who has led India a handful of times, most recently in the ODIs against West Indies in the Caribbean says he enjoys mentoring the youngsters in the side.

"Captaining India is always an honour. My approach to captaincy is to be cool and aggressive - aggressive from the inside, and cool on the outside," the southpaw said.

"I want my team to enjoy themselves on the field, but maintain the intensity during the game and to enjoy playing for Team India. I enjoy mentoring the young boys and passing on knowledge and that continues to bring out the leadership qualities in me," he said.

All of India's three ODIs against Zimbabwe will be played in Harare, starting Thursday (August 18).

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