Opener Shikhar Dhawan said that he can face the fast bowlers well but also admitted that he does not want to face the first ball of the innings whenever the fast bowler starts bowling.
Dhawan was reacting to the recent comments of his opening partner Rohit Sharma and his former Sunrisers Hyderabad partner David Warner.
Dhawan said on Instagram with former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, “No, no, I disagree.” It is not that I do not want to face the fast bowlers. Everyone has their own opinion. I am the opener. I have been playing this role for India for the last eight years, so I definitely have to face the fast bowlers. “
He said, “If I don’t face them in the first over, then I have to face them in the second over. Dhawan has played many good innings since his debut but it is his opening partner Rohit Sharma who has emerged as the captain of the team’s batting alongside captain Virat Kohli. His opinion about not taking the first strike is clear, but he described it as a mental-related issue.”
He said, “Yes, I do not like to strike on the first ball of the match and I am completely honest about it but when a young team like Prithvi Sauv comes in and he is uncomfortable about playing the first ball, then sure I will strike. “
Dhawan said, “But it started with Rohit with the Champions Trophy where I asked him to take a strike and it continued because I don’t like to change things a lot.” “
The Delhi player said that it is a challenge for any opener to face fast bowlers under favorable conditions for fast bowlers.
He said, Of course, if we are playing in favorable conditions for fast bowlers in England then it is challenging for everyone. It is not that I do not want to face the fast bowlers.
Both Rohit and Dhawan are opening the innings for India with the 2013 Champions Trophy. After this KL Rahul also made his presence as an opener.
Warner and Rohit recently talked about starting the innings with Dhawan. Warner had said, “I remember that he (Dhawan) played the first ball only once when Harbhajan Singh was bowling.”
Rohit, on the other hand, said of Dhawan,” he always says if the left-arm fast bowler is bowling, “You take a strike because I don’t like the ball coming in.”
Rohit said, ” That’s stupid, what can I say. He does not like to face the first ball. He likes to play the first ball in front of the spinners but not in front of the fast bowlers. “