Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan who missed the ODI series against Australia is all set to get back on the field and has been included in the team for T20 series against Aussies.
Dhawan, during an interview with NDTV, shared his journey from being dropped out of Test and T20 squad to becoming a star player of the team.
Talking about his comeback journey after facing a tough time on the field, Dhawan said despite making efforts things were not going his way but he increased his training and made himself fitter.
"It was a hard time for me because I was giving my best but things were not going my way. When I was dropped from the Test and T20 team, of course, I felt bad but I knew that I hadn't performed that well that's why I got dropped," he said.
"But, I kept my process going. I increased my training and skill work and made myself more fit. During that time also, I wanted to be happy and enjoyed playing Ranji Trophy for Delhi. By the grace of God, things fell back in place again and I got a call for the Champions Trophy after some good domestic performances in Deodhar trophy and the Indian Premier League."
Dhawan also explained the reasons behind India’s current success and an all-round performance from all the three departments of the team.
"The reason we are No.1 is because we have got good matured players in the side and the youngsters also are very confident. I believe sharing the dressing room with established players in the IPL has helped them gain confidence," Dhawan said.
"The bench strength is also the reason that the Indian team is so good now. We have a very healthy competition in the side. Every player knows if he doesn't perform there is other batsman who is as good as him, so that's a very good sign and that keeps everyone on their toes. And I think our domestic structure is so good that we are producing such good players," the 31-year-old added.
Dhawan also shared some interesting piece of information about team India’s former skipper MS Dhoni and the reason behind Ashish Nehra’s come back at the age of 38.
Dhawan said, when Dhoni sneezes, he says 'Bhagwan mujhe nahin isko uthaale' (God take him with you, not me) while talking about Nehra’s comeback he said, “Determination, love towards the game and hard work” helped the 38-year-old pacer to return to the side.