Shikhar Dhawan, India’s opener, has stated that his focus is on the upcoming ODI Cricket World Cup in 2023 and that he wants to play in as many matches as possible leading up to the marquee cricketing event. “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,” Dhawan said.
The stylish southpaw from Delhi, who has previously performed consistently for India in ICC events, stated that he enjoys playing in such global 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 are the same for any tournament I am playing in,” he added.
Dhawan recently led Team India to a 3-0 ODI series win over the West Indies. He will be KL Rahul’s deputy in the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe, which begins on August 18. He describes his approach to captaincy as “cool and aggressive.” “Captaining India is always an honor. My approach to captaincy is to be cool and aggressive – aggressive from the inside, and cool on the outside. I want my team to enjoy themselves on the field, but maintain the intensity during the game and 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.