Team India’s pacer Deepak Chahar has backed southpaw opener Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, which will consist of T20Is as well as ODIs. The swing bowler feels that Dhawan has been playing for long and has a lot of experience. With the Test squad set to tour England for three months, India will be sending their T20 and ODI specialists to play against Sri Lanka.
Although the squad is not announced, many have been speculating that Dhawan should lead India, given the longevity of his ODI career. Apart from Dhawan, the squad will feature Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who has been ignored for England tour, and Hardik Pandya, and both are strong contenders for the leadership role. However, Dhawan is expected to excel owing to his previous captaincy experience while leading his state team Delhi as well as Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
‘Shikhar bhai will be a good choice’
Deepak Chahar, while speaking to Times of India, backed Shikhar Dhawan to don the leadership hat and also explained the reason behind his opinion. “Shikhar bhai will be a good choice (for captain). He has been playing for a long time and has a lot of experience. For me, a senior person should become a captain. Because players see that player as a senior and respect him and obey him with honesty. Players should respect their captain. He (Dhawan) will be a good choice,” he said.
Chahar is all set for Sri Lanka tour
The 28-year-old was in stellar form in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League and his performances in the Mumbai leg prove the same. With India’s premier bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami touring England with the Test squad, Deepak Chahar will have to bowl the opening spell with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and the duo will be a treat to watch.
“I am all set for the Sri Lanka tour. I bowled well in the IPL. I was in good touch. I am excited to play in Sri Lanka. In my opinion, experience gives you a lot of confidence. I have experience now and I am confident of a good showing in Sri Lanka. I am sure we will emerge victorious against Sri Lanka. Our second-string team is looking as strong as the main team. We have a lot of options,” Chahar further said.