Adelaide: India’s out-of-form opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan says he has “ironed out” his discomfort and stressed he does not have a technical flaw on his highly forgettable tour of Australia. In fact, he gave the impression that he couldn’t wait to get cracking in India’s opening 2015 World Cup game against arch-rivals Pakistan here today.
“I have no problems as far as my technique is concerned. It is a discomfort that I had and have ironed it out. I am batting in my original rhythm in the nets,” Dhawan said at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Dhawan was highly instrumental in India winning the 2013 Champions Trophy in England where he scored 363 at 90.75. “I am confident of doing well in the World Cup. My performance in the Champions Trophy has given me that confidence. The ball swings a lot in England and I did well there,” he said.
In the last one-day series against England, Dhawan averaged 51.67 in four games, his highest being an unbeaten 97 in Birmingham.
The southpaw has played just a couple of ODIs against Pakistan. In the Champions Trophy game at Birmingham, he scored 48 in a winning cause. In the Asia Cup game last March in Dhaka, Dhawan was trapped lbw by Mohammad Hafeez for 10. “I am very excited to play against Pakistan. It is a real big one and a challenge for all of us. We are charged up to meet that challenge. I love to play strokes and the Adelaide wicket will provide good bounce to play my shots. Pakistan is a big opponent. We all have to keep our heads down and carry the team forward,” the opener said.
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