Veteran India batter Shikhar Dhawan finally broke the silence after being left out of the squad for the Asian Games squad, which is set to be contested in Hangzhou, China in September-October.
Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named a young squad, with the first-choice players busy with preparation for the 2023 ODI World Cup at home. The 37-year-old stated that he was ‘shocked’ after knowing he was excluded from the squad. He, however, expressed his happiness for the youngsters who have made it to the squad.
“When my name was not there (for Asian Games), I was a bit shocked. But, then, I was like they have a different thought process, you just have to accept it. Happy that Rutu (Gaikwad) will lead the side. All the young boys are there, I am sure they will do well,” Dhawan was quoted as saying by NDTV.
I will be ready for the comeback: Shikhar Dhawan
Dhawan stated that he is prepared for his comeback and it is the reason he keeps himself in shape. He is optimistic that an opportunity will knock on the door anytime.
“I will be ready, of course (for the comeback). That is why I keep myself fit (so whenever I get a chance I am ready). There is always a chance whether it is one percent or 20 percent. I still enjoy training and I still enjoy the game, these are the things in my control. Whatever decision is made, I respect that,” he added.
The southpaw further expressed his desire to compete in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy prior to the Indian Premier League.
“I have not spoken to any selector (about my future). I keep going to NCA. I enjoy my time there, the facilities are great. NCA has shaped my career and I am grateful for it. Also, I have to prepare for the IPL. I will be playing the Syed Mushtaq Ali and, hopefully, the Vijay Hazare as well,” he concluded.