IPL 2012: Shikhar Dhawan should be playing for India in future, asserts Sangakkara

Shikhar Dhawan has scored 375 runs in 10 games for Deccan Chargers in the fifth edition of IPL AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: May 8, 2012

Deccan Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara on Monday heaped praise on India cricketer and teammate Shikhar Dhawan, saying the southpaw has the technique to excel in international cricket.

The Deccan captain and former Sri Lanka skipper said Dhawan and Australia s Cameron White have been the star performers for his side.

“There has been quite a lot of brilliant individual performances, but where we have lacked was was fielding, especially in tough situations. Young Sikhar Dhawan has been magnificent for us this season and should be playing for India in near future. (Cameron) White batted excellently against Pune while Parthiv Patel had given us some good starts,” Sangakkara told Gulf News.

Sangakkara said it is important for any batsman in the world to be technically sound, which eventually helps him to score big runs across various forms of the game.

“The right path is when you are playing longer version of the game, these shots are obviously not part of your repertoire. These strokes are played out of necessity when you are chasing a very high number of runs, but what enables us to execute them is that we are secure in our technical base.”

“Look at someone like Ajinkya Rahane, he is a brilliant example of a combination of good cricket strokes, solid technique and still amazingly successful in T20 cricket. Sometimes, you get carried away by players who hit the ball extremely hard, but at the end of the day, a beautiful cover drive or straight drive is always better to watch than an out-and-out slog,” he said.

The veteran cricketer said young Indian players have a fantastic opportunity in the Indian Premier League to play alongside the world s best, but they must also learn to strike a balance and succeed at the international level.

“The IPL is an opportunity for Indian players to be able to play with the best in the world and learn from them. These players, however, have to be very smart about it they need to look at the overseas cricketers and how they balance it and realise the importance of technique to be able to play in all forms of the game,” he said.

“Coaches and teams in India have a great responsibility to remind their players that in order to remembered as good cricketers, one has to perform in Test cricket and not the other way round. Who knows how long everything lasts, so for anyone worth their salt should aspire to play Test cricket,” he concluded.