Dhawan: I ‘am a stronger person and sportsman now’

“I have those skills and capabilities to perform at the international level”

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that being dropped from the national team helped make him a “stronger person and sportsman”.

In the Champions Trophy, Dhawan was the highest run-scorer with 338 runs in five matches, which included a century and two fifties, at an average of 67.60.

His run of good form has continued in the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies as he scored 87 and 63 in the first two matches.

“Past months were quite unfortunate for me. That’s why I was out of the team,” Dhawan said. “I went back and worked on myself, and am a stronger person and sportsman now. I knew I have those skills and capabilities to perform at the international level. I have been working hard and I never lost hope.

“When I wasn’t doing well, I knew I will get out of the team. I went back and started enjoying domestic cricket. There was less pressure as compared to the international. That’s how I relaxed myself and stayed calm. But yes, at the back of my mind, I always knew I had to perform good and make a comeback and serve my country and achieve my goal.”

Meanwhile, Dhawan refused to say too much on Anil Kumble’s decision to resign as India’s head coach.

“I didn’t play much under Anil Kumble, so cannot comment on that,” he added. “Moreover, I just focus on the game. Everyone has their own individuality and character. Anil Bhai, Dhoni Bhai and Virat, of course all are different.”

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