Indian batting legend VVS Laxman said Shikhar Dhawan should open the Indian innings along with Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming ICCChampions Trophy in England.The Indian selectors are yet tofinalise the squad for the tournament, of which India are the defendingchamps, but Laxman, speaking exclusively to India Today, said Dhawanshould be on the flight to London next month.Playing for theSunrisers Hyderabad, Dhawan made a 50-ball 70 against Delhi Daredevils a couple of days ago. Laxman, being a mentor of the team, says thesouthpaw seems ready for the India duty again.”Shikhar has beenbatting really well from the first match. Unfortunately, he has not been able to convert that into a big score but in last match he did reallywell and got a very good half century against Delhi. He’s batting well,he’s timing well, has made some technical changes in his batting andalso looks in a great space as far as his mind is concerned,” saidLaxman.The 31-year-old from Delhi was dropped midway throughthe ODI series against England earlier this year after making just 12runs in two matches. However, with KL Rahul set to miss the tournamentdue to an injury, Laxman asserts that Dhawan would be an idealreplacement.”I feel that Shikhar should open along with RohitSharma. If you remember, he had a big role to play in the last Champions Trophy win as well. This combination of Dhawan and Rahul is alwayslethal and puts the bowlers under tremendous pressure. So, I believeselectors will be watching him closely and I feel that, the kind ofrhythm he is in, he’s giving a lot of confidence to a lot of people. We, as a franchise, are also very pleased with the way Shikhar has beencontributing to the Sunrisers’ success so far.”advertisementDhawan wasadjudged the player of the Series in the last edition of the ChampionsTrophy, scoring 363 runs from five games, including two centuries.Not just Dhawan, ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman is also quite impressed withthe work ethics shown by Yuvraj Singh, another Hyderabad IPL teamplayer.”Yeah, Yuvraj’s return at the international level hasbeen a brilliant one. If you see, he performed really well in thedomestic cricket, got a double hundred and earned his recall. Then camethat phenomenal knock against England in Cuttack where he got a 150. The good thing about him is that he is not only thinking about doing wellfor Hyderabad in the IPL but also looking ahead.”I am veryimpressed with his work ethics, the amount of time he is spending on his fitness, working on his fielding and also focusing on his bowling. Heis already thinking about the Champions Trophy because there is not much time between the end of the IPL and Champions Trophy. It is great tosee that the Indian players, who are looking forward to playing in theChampions Trophy or who will be in the scheme of things, are alreadyplanning and preparing for the big tournament,” he said.
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