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I've come back as much stronger player now, says Shikhar Dhawan

Opener Shikhar Dhawan said he has worked on his game while he was out of the Indian team.

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [Published on:29 Jun 2017, 5:45 PM IST]
A file image of Shikhar Dhawan.- India Tv
Photo: GETTY IMAGES A file image of Shikhar Dhawan.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in an exceptional form ever since he made a comeback into the Indian team. Dhawan scored a total of 338 runs in five matches of the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy with a highest score of 125, while in the ongoing series against West Indies, he has smashed 87 and 63 in two appearances.

The southpaw said he has worked on himself before making a comeback into the team.

"Past months were quite unfortunate for me. That's why I was out of the team. I went back and worked on myself, and am a stronger person and sportsman now. I knew I have those skills and capabilities to perform at the international level. I have been working hard and I never lost hope," he said.

"When I wasn't doing well, I knew I will get out of the team. I went back and started enjoying domestic cricket. There was less pressure as compared to the international. That's how I relaxed myself and stayed calm. But yes, at the back of my mind, I always knew I had to perform good and make a comeback and serve my country and achieve my goal," he added.

Commenting on the ongoing controversy related to Anil Kumble's departure from the post of Team India's head, Dhawan said, "I didn't play much under Anil Kumble, so cannot comment on that. Moreover, I just focus on the game. Everyone has their own individuality and character. Anil Bhai, Dhoni Bhai and Virat, of course all are different."

Meanwhile, India, now with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, will play their third ODI against the West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on June 30.

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