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‘It is a question of creating…’ – Shikhar Dhawan gives major update on team selection ahead of ODI series against New Zealand

The 36-year-old senior southpaw is leading the second-string Indian team for the fourth time in a row during this calendar year of 2022.

Shikhar Dhawan

Indian team is all set to lock horns with Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series. Both teams will play this match at Eden Park in Auckland. Notably, the men in blue will be playing under the captaincy of the senior southpaw Shikhar Dhawan who has a good track record in the same role.

The 36-year-old had earlier led the Indian team in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, South Africa, and West Indies, respectively. The team won all three bilateral clashes against the given opponents under the captaincy of Dhawan.

Now, the team is once again ready to face the host Kiwis having a senior Delhi batter as the stand-in skipper in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.

Dhawan has recently talked about his decision-making tactics and preparations ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand. He also went on to be clear about his intention in taking decisions.

Even if someone is feeling bad, I will take a decision that will help the team – Shikhar Dhawan

“As you play more, you get confident in the decisions you take. Earlier, there used to be instances where I would give an extra over to a bowler out of regard (for him). But now, as I have matured, even if someone is feeling bad, I will take a decision that will help the team,” said Dhawan to ESPNCricinfo.

Later on, the 2013 Champions Trophy winner batter also opened up on his leadership skills and abilities. He felt that it is very essential to keep a state of equilibrium in the team and to have the faith of your players in you.

“When you play music on a string instrument, if the string is too loose, it won’t sound right, or if it’s too tight, it will break. So, it is a question of creating a balance. (As a captain) creating that balance is especially important. You need to understand when to pull the string tight and when to leave it a bit loose. That is an art. It is a matter of timing. At this stage I also understand when to say things to the players and how much to say,” he added later.

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