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Chetan Chauhan expects Shikhar Dhawan to be a successful opener for India

Chetan Chauhan reckons Shikhar Dhawan to be a successful opener for India

Shikhar Dhawan will open for India in place of Virender Sehwag © PTI

New Delhi: Mar, 2013

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan feels that Shikhar Dhawan, who made his Test debut in the ongoing Mohali Test match against Australia, should prove to be a successful opener.

“Shikhar should succeed as he is highly talented. He has been playing First Class cricket for over five years and he has been a consistent performer for Delhi, scoring heavily,” said Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India alongside Sunil Gavaskar.

“He has also played for India A and for the Under-25 India team. This is a good break for him and he should make full use of it.”

The 27-year-old left-handed opener has stepped into the shoes of city-mates Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who proved to be an excellent opening pair for India.

Asked about the secret behind Delhi producing so many successful openers, Chauhan said: “There is no specific reason, I guess we know how to tap talent. The infrastructure is the best in northern India and with 110 clubs, which play several tournaments, youngsters come in from other states too.”

India currently lead 2-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.

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