Dhawan confident of good showing at World Cup

NEW DELHI, May 15 (PTI): His technique in seaming conditions has often come under intense scrutiny but Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t have time for doubting Thomases as he gears up for the battle ahead in the upcoming 2019 World Cup, starting in United Kingdom from May 30.
Dhawan, one half of world’s most formidable limited overs opening pair with Rohit Sharma, has always performed well in marquee events and is confident that he would be able to replicate his stellar show in familiar conditions in England, like he did in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017.
He was also India’s most successful batsman in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“People tell me about my record in ICC events but frankly speaking, the intent has always been the same. It’s not that the effort is less than 100 percent ever. The focus as always is on the process. I am confident that I will have another good ICC tournament,” Dhawan said.
The 33-year-old had a modest international season before roaring back to form in the IPL, scoring 521 runs for Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the top run-getters’ list.
When asked if there was any kind of pressure as the World Cup was round the corner, Dhawan replied: “I am not that sort of a guy who feels the pressure. I have the ability to remain unfazed.
“If I don’t score runs in 5-10 games, it doesn’t mean that everything is lost. I know what kind of a player I am and what my capabilities are.”
The left-hander said the presence of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly’s presence in the Delhi Capitals’ dressing room was a blessing in disguise for him.
“Both Ricky and Dada were successful international captains because they had the ability to create champions. Obviously their experience helps. They told me that there is no problem with my technique,” said Dhawan, who has 16 ODI hundreds and 5355 runs in 128 ODIs. (PTI)