In an interview, Dhawan talked about his plans to focus on the World Cup in India next year. The left-handed opener, who has been a star for India in ICC events in the past, expressed how much he enjoys playing in world tournaments and the satisfaction it gives him.
“I love playing in ICC tournaments. There is always a different feeling and satisfaction and I have had some really good tournaments in the past. I prepare for every tournament the same way,” Dhawan told the Times of India.
“Every time I wear the Indian jersey, the pressure is always there and the thing is, as a seasoned player, I know how to handle the pressure. The discussion definitely helps, because it is my game. Motivation adds. I don’t finish – I’m surprised at the moment, because my focus, process and preparation are the same for any tournament I’m playing in.”
The 36-year-old said he aims to play “as many matches as possible” for India in the marquee event at home next year to give his best in the big tournament.
“My focus is definitely on next year’s 50-over World Cup and for that, I want to play as many matches for India and do well in them. In between, there is also the IPL, so I want to continue. I will try my best to perform there and play domestic ODIs and T20Is and keep myself match-fit and ready,” Dhawan said.
Dhawan, who led India to a 3-0 ODI series win in the West Indies, will act as KL Rahul’s deputy in the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe. He said his approach to captaincy is to be “calm and aggressive”.
The left-hander said, “It is always an honor to captain India. My approach to captaincy is to be calm and aggressive – aggressive inside and calm outside.”
“I want my team to enjoy themselves on the field, but maintain the intensity during the game and enjoy playing for Team India. I enjoy mentoring and giving knowledge to young boys and it builds on my leadership qualities.” continues.” He added.
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