World Cup 2015: Be patient with Shikhar Dhawan, says Rahul Dravid

Jan 29, 2015, 08:50 IST | Sundari Iyer

India's 2007 World Cup captain Rahul Dravid has called for patience while dealing with the struggles of attacking opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

Rahul Dravid during a promotional event at a city hotel yesterday. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Rahul Dravid during a promotional event at a city hotel yesterday. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi 

The southpaw is enduring a terrible run of scores in the ongoing tri-series in which he has managed just 11 runs. Dhawan didn't have a memorable Test series either — 167 runs over six innings in three Tests.

"Shikhar would like a few more runs. Having said that, his performance in ODI cricket over the years has been good. Judging him on two-three failures during a tough tour of Australia, I think you need to be patient with him.

He deserves that right, he has earned that through his performances. I'm talking about ODIs," said Dravid at a promotional function organised by Gillette yesterday.

Shikhar Dhawan during the ODI against Australia in Sydney on Monday. Pic/Getty Images
Shikhar Dhawan during the ODI against Australia in Sydney on Monday. Pic/Getty Images 

He added: "Hopefully, he will get a good run. A guy like him in form would be invaluable for India. Give him a few more games."

Talking about the Indian team in general, Dravid said: "It's a good team. They have been performing well in ODIs. It's a balanced team. How they adjust to new balls at both ends in Australian conditions will be the key. You have to play three good matches from the quarter-final. Hopefully, the team will get a set combination following the quarter-final."

Asked whether he was concerned about the team's form, Dravid said: "I'm not worried about the form. We had few issues with injuries in the lead-up to the tri-series, but I'm not overly concerned. I'm sure once the World Cup comes around, everyone will be fit. If everyone is fit, we have got a good combination."

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