Shikhar Dhawan, a top-order batsman, is one of the big names that has been kept out of the Indian T20 World Cup squad.Regardless of the fact that the southpaw remains a crucial component of India's limited overs setup, top selector Chetan Sharma has said that the time has come to look at other players and give him some respite.In July, the 35-year-old opener captained India in a limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.
“Shikhar Dhawan is a very important player for us, he was the captain in Sri Lanka. What discussion happened I cannot disclose. He is important and he is there in the loop."But the need of the hour was that we look at other players and give Shikhar Dhawan some rest, otherwise he is an important player and he will be back very soon,” Chetan said in his first virtual press conference late Wednesday night. KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan have been selected as the three openers, leaving Dhawan out.
“We have three openers -- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan, who can bat as opener and can also fit into the middle order. So Kishan is giving us a lot of options, if needed he can open like he has done in ODIs (in Sri Lanka) when he got a fifty and he can also play in middle order because he is a good player of spin.”“It is upto the team management if they want Kohli to open the batting, but as of now we have picked three openers.
Virat is an asset for the team. When he bats in the middle order, the team plays around him."He has a brilliant record in T20s batting in the middle order. But as I said, it all depends on what the situation is at that point of time," told the former Indian pacer.The T20 World Cup takes off on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. On October 24, India will face Pakistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup.
Source: India Today
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