Dhawan: Will take what I am learning from Ponting and Ganguly to the World Cup

Delhi Capitals star Shikhar Dhawan agrees that the presence of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in the dugout has helped him a lot.

Shikhar Dhawan

India opener Shikhar Dhawan praised young talent Prithvi Shaw for making his presence felt in the national circuit.   -  Special Arrangement

For Delhi Capitals, this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been quite successful so far. The franchise has managed to make it to the second spot on the points table, and most of the players have credited the success to team’s coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly.

India’s opening batsman and one of Delhi Capitals’ key players Shikhar Dhawan agrees to the fact that the presence of Ponting and Ganguly in the dugout has helped him learn a lot.

“I am very fortunate that I am working with them. They both have been great leaders in their own time. It is very good to be close to them as I can know what was their mindset, what was their approach when they used to play or captain their side,” Dhawan said during a promotional event on Wednesday.

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“I am already learning so many things from them. I am grateful (for) that. Those things are helping (in) IPL. (I am going to) take them to the World Cup as well,” Dhawan said.

The 33-year-old India international also praised young talent Prithvi Shaw for making his presence felt in the national circuit. “It is a very big achievement to play for India at the age of 19, especially (when) India is a dominating country for batsmen. He has done very well for the Indian team. He is a big, talented boy and I am sure he is going to do wonders for our country,” Dhawan said.

Shaw, who was the captain of India’s World Cup-winning U-19 team, announced his Test debut against the West Indies in Rajkot last October by hammering a century. Though an injury saw him missing out on the away series against Australia, Shaw has slowly returned to action and has been quite successful in this edition of the IPL.

Even the youngster from Mumbai had also credited Ponting and Ganguly for his success on an earlier occasion saying, "With seniors like Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Kaif sir around, the body language changes. There are few youngsters like me, Sandeep (Lamichhane) and Manjot (Kalra). We are never made to feel that we were inexperienced, instead we are always kept in the same group with the seniors, on and off the field."