Shikhar Dhawan opens up on Asian Games snub

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Experienced Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has revealed his surprise at not finding his name included in the roster for the men’s cricket event set to take place during the Asian Games in September-October this year.

In 2022, Dhawan had led the Indian team in several ODIs, creating an expectation that he would lead the Men in Blue during the Asian Games. However, this anticipation was not fulfilled as a youthful squad, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, was announced instead.

During an interview with PTI, Shikhar Dhawan shared his initial response to the omission:

“I was taken aback by the absence of my name (for the Asian Games). Nevertheless, I came to realize that they had a distinct perspective, and I simply needed to embrace it. I’m content that Rutu (Gaikwad) will be at the helm. The team comprises young talents, and I’m confident they will perform admirably.”

Despite not making the cut, Dhawan remains committed to making a comeback and maintains his fitness diligently. He elaborated:

“I’ll certainly be prepared. This is why I prioritize my fitness – to be ready whenever an opportunity arises. There’s always a chance, whether it’s a slim or significant one. I continue to derive joy from training and the game itself; these aspects are within my control. I hold respect for whatever decisions are reached.”

Shikhar Dhawan also emphasized that he hasn’t engaged in discussions or reached conclusions about his future plans. Presently captaining the Punjab Kings, he intends to participate in domestic white-ball tournaments to prime himself for the upcoming IPL season.

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