I am working hard for a Test comeback, says Dhawan

The hunger on Dhawan’s face as he plots a return to the India Test team is evident. Having played his last Test against England in 2018, he is eager for a comeback.

Dhawan is eyeing a comeback into the Indian Test team.   -  AFP

The hunger on Shikhar Dhawan’s face as he plots a return to the India Test team is evident. Having played his last Test against England at The Oval in September 2018, he is eager for a comeback. Since then, India has played 11 Tests. To emphasise his efforts, Dhawan will join the Delhi team in Surat to play three Mushtaq Ali T20 matches.

Dhawan intends to take one step at a time. “I love playing cricket and I always make sure to focus on my process and make it very strong," Dhawan said.

"I was playing T20. I will play Ranji Trophy too and look to perform and be a strong contender to get back to the Indian team. I am as young as I was when I was playing Ranji. I have the same energy and determination. I am very happy," he added.

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Different phases

Dhawan talked about the different phases and the various ups and downs which he has faced. “I am just enjoying my cricket and just want to go step by step. I want to make the best of the chances that I get,” said Dhawan at the launch event of StanceBeam Striker.

StanceBeam Striker is a smart cricket bat sensor which will provide data to be used in the analysis of a batsman’s bat-speed and the different angles while playing. Dhawan feels it will trigger a different approach, “How much is the bat speed? Is it coming from the same angle from the first slip, is it coming in the same degree and angle or not? To see if the speed is coming to hit the sixes, in case I am not able to hit sixes. I can relate to how much is my bat’s speed. I can get a better idea of it.”

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When asked if the technology would help in creating a perfect batsman in different pitch conditions and the variety in bowling, Dhawan said, “Every ball speed is different. Every shot speed is different. It's just that I will have an idea of what is going on. Bat speed and bat angle are two different things. If my bat angle is coming from first slip to second slip I will get to know the degree of the angle.

"I will have the numbers in front of me to guide me. Everything depends on the pitch. You just have clarity with some more information. Like fast bowlers know from their speeds that they can improve it. This technology gives clarity. This product will help the coaches also by showing the relevant data.”

On his performance against Bangladesh, Dhawan said, “The series went decent for me. I played well and aggressively. Just in the last T-20 in Delhi, I played defensively as the pitch was different. I felt I could have been more aggressive. A 50 would have been better than the 41 I made. It was a learning point. It's going good for me and it will get better."