Former India head coach MSK Prasad urged Shikhar Dhawan to follow the ‘VVS Laxman model’ to return to T20I cricket after being rejected by India for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Prasad added that whenever former Indian batsman VVS Laxman was eliminated from the Indian team, he used to score a lot in national cricket to make it impossible for the selectors to ignore him for future series.
The former head coach said that Shikhar Dhawan should do the same in upcoming matches. Speaking to the Telegraph about Dhawan’s career in T20I and the hitter’s possible return, Prasad said:
“To make a quick comeback in the Indian team, what the left-handed starter has to do is follow the ‘VVS Laxman model.’ VVS always responded with tons of runs if they let him. That’s the way Shikhar should also approach their upcoming assignments “.
“The age he’s in, he doesn’t need to go through the motions. He just needs to show his good form in whatever format he plays and when the opportunity arises, he comes back. And there is no need to make any changes to his technique as well.”
Although Shikhar Dhawan is currently in disgrace in Test and T20I cricket, he is still a vital part of the ODI team. If he stays fit and maintains his form, Dhawan will most likely open batting for India at the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
“There is nothing called rest when it comes to a major event like the World Cup” – MSK Prasad on the exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan
While explaining the reason for Dhawan’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup team, India’s selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma stated that the southpaw was “rested” for the tournament. MSK Prasad reacted to this and opined that there could have been some error in the communication as no one rests for such an important event.
“There may have been a mistake in terms of terminology when he (Sharma) tried to explain Ishan Kishan’s role. But there is nothing called break when it comes to a major event like the World Cup, where the experience of Shikhar could have been important. “
Shikhar Dhawan is currently the holder of the orange cap at IPL 2021, having scored 380 runs in eight games. He will seek to continue in the same vein of form in the second half of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates and finish the season as the top scorer of races to send a strong message to the national team selectors.