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Shikhar Dhawan: ODI series win in England huge confidence booster ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

Shikhar Dhawan says England tour has been a huge learning curve for him © Getty Images
Shikhar Dhawan says England tour has been a huge learning curve for him © Getty Images

Sep 3, 2014

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan says that winning the One-Day International series against England in England comprehensively will be a huge boost in Team India’s confidence in their build-up to the ICC World Cup 2015.

Dhawan cracked 97 not out and Ajinkya Rahane completed his maiden ODI ton to help India trounce England by nine wickets to seal their five-match ODI series 3-0 with one more game to be played and the first tie being washed out.

“We are playing the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and six months before that, winning an ODI series in England so comprehensively, is a huge confidence booster,” Dhawan told bcci.tv.

“It is all the more special given how we bounced back from the disappointing Test series. What I will take back from here is the way the entire team stuck together despite what we went through. We stood by each other every single moment and helped each other move on. I am proud of these boys,” he added.

On a personal front, Dhawan said that England tour has been a huge learning curve for him. He said, “I learned a lot about shot selection. I am now more aware of which balls I must play and leave. The straighter you play here, the better because the ball moves around. I also realised that even the smallest technical alteration can have a big impact on your game.”

Complete coverage of India’s tour to England here

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