Shikhar Dhawan, India’s stand-in skipper for the upcoming limited-overs, is excited to lead the country and feels that the opportunity itself is a great honor for him. Dhawan is set to lead India in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who are in England for the preparation of the five-match Test series against England. Along with Virat and Rohit, seveal main players have traveled to the UK.
Recently, before boarding the flight to Colombo, Shikhar Dhawan attended a press conference along with the head coach for the tour – Rahul Dravid. Speaking about the exciting series ahead, Dhawan revealed that it is a great honor for him to lead the Men in Blue. He also said that their aim is to build a happy environment for the youngsters.
“It’s a great honor for me to be captain of the Indian team. I am looking forward to it. I’ve played under Rahul Dravid’s coaching once for India A. We sync together really well and looking forward to the Sri Lanka series. We’ll build a lot of positive things. The aim is to build a happy environment,” Shikhar Dhawan said in the pre-departure press conference.
When asked about the squad, Dhawan said everybody’s confident and all are excited to step on the field. “This is a very good team. There is positivity, confidence in our team and everybody is confident that we will do well. There is a lot of excitement. It is a new challenge but at the same time, it is a great opportunity for all of us to show our talent.”
“Everybody is waiting (for the tour to begin). 13-14 days have passed since we are in quarantine, so the players are waiting when we can hit the ground and we have 10-12 days for preparation. The team is a nice blend of experience and youth,” added Shikhar Dhawan.