‘Focus is definitely on next year’s World Cup’: Ace India batter hopes to find his rhythm in England ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan will be back in action when the team India 1. meet england inscheduled tribe ODIs at the Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday. He has been in great form recently, scoring eight fifties in the format since 2020. He had a stellar performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, in which he scored 460 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38.33.

Dhawan’s return will also mark his reunion with skipper Rohit Sharma at the top of the batting order. The camaraderie is well known in ODIs, which are 2. stands asRa World’s best opening pair in the 50-over format.

The 36-year-old remains extremely focused on ODIs as he makes it to the squad for 2023 World The cup is going to be held in India. To propel himself, he will also play in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali and next year’s IPL.

In a conversation with The Telegraph, Dhawan revealed that he has been practicing for England’s ODIs and hopes to find a rhythm soon.

“I understand the need to prepare well before a tour, so I make sure to focus on my basics and the way I prepare. I have been training for England ODIs for a long time and I am sure I will be in good shape in the coming matches.

“My focus is definitely on next year’s World Cup and for that, I want to play as many matches as possible for India and do well there. There will also be an IPL in between, so I will try to do well there and play domestic ODIs and T20s as well.

Considering the current scenario of international cricket, joining the team after more than four months is a long time. However, Dhawan relies on his vast experience and believes that his ‘quiet mind’ will help him succeed.

“I have a lot of experience in the first place. Also, I am quite confident about my basics and technique, which are important aspects of an opener. Also, a calm mind helps me build my innings and convert them into big scores. It does. It puts me in a good headspace,” he adds.

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