Perth : Opener Shikhar Dhawan on Friday praised newcomer Barinder Sran for his impressive show in the opening T20 warm-up game, stating that the left-arm speedster looks to be a “good prospect for India”.
Asked what he felt about the rookie pacer, who played his first competitive match in India shirt, senior opener Dhawan said: “It was great boost for Beri, actually I call him by that name. It always nice to get three wickets (2/24). With time, he will get more matured as he gains experience. He is fit and strong. He looks to be a good prospect for India.”
Dhawan, who looked in good form having scored 74 runs, said that the “team got what it wanted” from the opening tour fixture.
“I am happy that I scored runs in a practise match. It gives me confidence. I got used to the pitch. More time that I spend at the wicket in the coming days, better it will be for me,” the Delhi left-hander said.
He was happy that the team got into a groove at the onset and he could share a 100-run stand with Virat Kohli.
“It was good to get into groove and get a 100 run partnership before main match. We got what needed from the practice match,” said Dhawan, who would be facing the Australian pace attack at the WACA in the opening ODI on January 12.
The Indian team is back in Australia after 10 months but Dhawan insisted that the attitude remains same despite few changes in the squad.
“If you ask me about what changed from last time, I would say some players have changed. But the attitude is still the same as there can’t be much change on that aspect. Because at international level, one needs maintain a certain degree of hard work. We will be aggressive and play with positive mindset.”
“We are pumped up and well prepared for this tour. We are covering all areas in regards to fitness and skill work. We have just got to work hard, keep calm and focus. We will try to achieve the goals given by support staff,” the southpaw remarked.
He agreed that beating Australia in their den is on top of their agenda.
“Australia are one of the best side in the world. Winning against a good side always gives a good feeling. We will give our best shot.”
The opener is also not concerned that Australia will miss some of their frontline bowlers.
“See we haven’t thought about it. We will focus on what we have to do.
Courtesy : PTI