Perfect time for youngsters to gain confidence: Dhawan

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21 Sep 2019 | 10:09 AM
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Perfect time for youngsters to gain confidence: Dhawan

The Indian opener was referring to Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar who have been impressive in recent times

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday said the time is perfect for youngsters such as Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar to build their confidence in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup next year. The senior player was speaking on the eve of the third T20 International against South Africa at the M Chaannaswamy Stadium. Both players have impressed in recent times with their performance and attitude. 

“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well. 

“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” Dhawan told reporters. 

He said senior players like him are always open to helping the youngsters in the side. “For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said. 

Dhawan added, That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important. “Any time any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always there for them.”

Long run

“(While) trying out youngsters, it is good to give them a good run because when new players come in, it takes time for them to express themselves. Young boys are taking these opportunities with both hands. I am sure the team management will give them a longer run,” Dhawan said.

He said the senior players are “always open” to helping their younger teammates like Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant, who is currently battling indifferent form. Seen as one with a bright future after Test tons in demanding English and Australian conditions, Pant is now feeling the heat for his shot-selection and temperament, with some calling for the inclusion of Sanju Samson or Ishan Kishan at his expense. 

“Any time, any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always open to help them, always there for them,” Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the third T20 International against South Africa. 

“For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said. 

Dhawan added: “That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.” He hoped that youngsters will get a decent run to prove their mettle in international cricket.

‘Will play Vijay Hazare Trophy’

“Now even after this series, I am going to play Vijay Hazare as well. I am looking forward to that. I make sure that whatever cricket I play, I play with all my heart whether it’s Ranji, Vijay Hazare or the Indian team,”Dhawan said ahead of the third T20I between India and South Africa at Bengaluru.

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