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Shikhar Dhawan on being abruptly replaced by KL Rahul as skipper for Zimbabwe ODIs: I wasn’t hurt

India vs New Zealand: Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead India in the three-match ODI series against the Black Caps which is scheduled to get underway on November 25.

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I wasn’t hurt: Dhawan on being abruptly replaced by Rahul as skipper for ZIM ODIs. Courtesy: Reuters
I wasn’t hurt: Dhawan on being abruptly replaced by Rahul as skipper for ZIM ODIs. Courtesy: Reuters

In Short

  • Shikhar Dhawan was replaced as skipper on the tour of Zimbabwe
  • Dhawan is set to lead India in the ODI series in New Zealand
  • Dhawan has won 5 out of 6 matches as ODI skipper in 2022

By India Today Web Desk: Veteran batter Shikhar Dhawan said that he ‘wasn’t hurt’ after being removed as skipper for India’s ODI series against Zimbabwe earlier this year. Dhawan was initially named as the captain for the three matches in Harare, but Rahul replaced him after making his way back into the squad.

Dhawan was of the opinion that it was the ‘right thing’ to make Rahul the skipper as the latter would have been needed to lead the Indian team in the Asia Cup 2022 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The left-handed Dhawan put forth his views prior to India’s three-match ODI series against New Zealand.

“First of all, I am fortunate to lead India at this stage of my career and it feels good to grab the challenges and opportunities. We have won a number of series with young teams,” Dhawan was quoted as saying in the pre-match press conference.

“KL is the vice-captain for the main team and when he returned from injury, he got the captaincy. What I felt is that if Rohit Sharma got injured during the Asia Cup, Rahul might have had to lead. So, that was the right thing to do,” he stated.

“I wasn’t hurt because I feel it’s all god’s plan and it’s good for everyone. I captained in the South Africa series and it was because of the selectors. So, I didn’t feel bad,” Dhawan added.

Dhawan has captained the Men in Blue in nine ODIs and three T20Is, in which he tasted victory in eight matches.

In 2022, Dhawan, who is also on the verge of 12000 runs in List A cricket, captained India to wins in five out of six ODIs against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The first ODI between India and New Zealand is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 25 at Eden Park in Auckland.