Team India are all set to face New Zealand within the three-match One-Day International (ODI) sequence, beginning on Friday in Auckland. Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan can be main the Men in Blue within the absence of standard skipper Rohit Sharma.
This is the third time in 2022 that Dhawan can be main the Indian aspect. He has earlier captained during the West Indies ODI sequence, adopted by the house ODI fixtures in opposition to South Africa. Dhawan had additionally led the Indian troops final 12 months during the Sri Lanka tour when the principle aspect was in England for the Test sequence.
Notably, Dhawan was additionally named as captain during the Zimbabwe sequence, however on the final minute, KL Rahul was given the duty after the latter got here again into the aspect, having recovered from his damage. Ahead of the upcoming first ODI in opposition to the Black Caps, Dhawan was quizzed concerning how he felt after being faraway from captaincy forward of the Zimbabwe sequence.
Dhawan talked about the choice didn’t harm him as Rahul was the vice-captain and upon being match, he needed to lead the aspect. The Delhi-born cricketer noticed that Rahul obtained observe of captaining forward of the Asia Cup as in case Rohit had gotten injured, Rahul would’ve to guide the aspect within the multi-team occasion.
“You have asked a good question. I consider myself fortunate that I am getting an opportunity to lead the side at this stage of my career. I feel good about it, and it is a challenge. We have won good series with a young side. If I talk about the Zimbabwe tour, KL Rahul is the vice-captain of our main team, when he came back, I was mindful of the fact that he had to go to Asia Cup. If Rohit had gotten injured during Asia Cup, then KL might have been asked to lead. So it was better that he had the practice during the Zimbabwe tour,” stated Dhawan during the pre-match presser.
“I was not hurt. I feel that whatever happens, happens for the best. I was then selected as the captain for the South Africa series, the selectors and the team management gave me that opportunity. I never feel bad,” he added.