Didn’t feel bad when I couldn’t make it to the World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan

Ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, veteran batter Shikhar Dhawan led the Indian team multiple times in the absence of senior cricketers. He was one of the leaders in the locker room but with the emergence of Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, the 38-year-old lost his place in the national team and eventually failed to make it to the mega tournament, in which India qualified for the finals but lost to Australia by six wickets.

Reflecting upon that, Dhawan stated that he performed well in the limited-overs but didn’t feel bad when he couldn’t make it to the ODI World Cup. He called it God’s will and added that whatever happens is for good.

“I couldn’t make it to the World Cup. At this age, I knew that it would be my last World Cup for the Indian team and after that, I could only play to a certain level. So, I couldn’t get in even when my performance was good but I didn’t feel bad about it. Whatever god gives, be happy in that. So I accepted that and thought it happened for my betterment,” Dhawan stated while speaking to Karishma Mehta.

Dhawan sets his goals as PBKS skipper

Punjab Kings are one of the four franchises that are yet to win the Indian Premier League title. They came close in 2014 when the franchise qualified for the finals but eventually lost to Kolkata Knight Riders. However, Dhawan is expecting better things from his team in 2024 as he expects to set better strategies and win the trophy this year.

“I see us celebrating as a team. I see us creating a great bond. I see us having great work ethics and enjoying each other’s company and performing really good, winning lots of trophies and not just being good cricketers but getting defined as good human beings as well. Improving our communication and I see us creating better strategies and better plans,” Dhawan said.