‘Dhawan has taken on the additional responsibilities with confidence’

COLOMBO, MAR 11: Former Sri Lanka international Mahela Jayawardene feels that Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stepped up to the plate in the absence of the seniors teammates in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Dhawan with scores of 90 and 55 in the first two T20Is vs Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, respectively, has lead from the front with the bat. India lost the opening fixture to Sri Lanka, but fought back well to defeat Bangladesh with ease
Writing in his column for TOI, Jayawardene noted, “Missing several senior players, Shikhar Dhawan has thus far taken on the additional responsibilities with confidence scoring 90 and 55. In T20 cricket, it’s always helpful when your openers are scoring runs and Dhawan has been pivotal.”
India lost their first match to the hosts despite posting a good total but came back well against Bangladesh and Jayawardene believes that India would not be pondering much over the loss as they prepare to take on the hosts for the second time in the series on Monday.
“India will go into their third game, against Sri Lanka on Monday, with all to play for in this Nidahas Trophy. Of course, they will be disappointed to have lost to the hosts in their first game, but they recovered well against Bangladesh with a very efficient performance.
I don’t think India will read too much into their opening defeat to Sri Lanka. They scored a respectable 175 for five, which is an excellent score at the Premadasa Stadium, and failed to perhaps bowl as well as they would have liked, but this is a new team with lots of inexperience. Even then, though they may have rested some senior players.