His brilliant 73-run knock in the warm-up game against South Africa might have fallen just short of ensuring a win for India, but opener Shikhar Dhawan said the crucial time he had spent at the crease has made him more “wiser” ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 campaign.
Chasing a steep 197 for win, Dhawan smashed 73 off 53 balls before retiring but the knock was not enough to take India home as the hosts fell short by four runs at the Wankhede Stadium last night.
“As (an) individual, it was a good learning for me as I batted till the 15th-16th over, so with my calculation for the next coming games, I will be more better. It was a good learning for me and I got more wiser,” Dhawan told reporters at the post-match conference late last night.
Asked why despite having some of the best finishers of the game, India failed to cross the hurdle yesterday, the 30-year-old left-hander said, “Certainly, these are normal things. It does not happen that the best finishers will always guarantee you to complete the task. Everyone gave their best and that’s what matters. We were chasing such a big total, and wickets fell early on, after that there was a good partnership and came so close. It was only a matter of two runs. We learnt a lot from this game. What we have leant today, will be implemented in the future.”
Dhawan said that Team India has now got used to the expectations of home crowd.
“We stay close as a family. We’ll try to share the burden of expectation as a group and not individuals. We are playing at home and expectations of home crowds will always be there. We are also used to that,” he said.