Shikhar Dhawan said that he expects a tough fight from host nation in a three-match ODI series.

Team India’s stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan wants to book in place in the T20 World Cup squad by performing well in the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka. The visitors will play three T20I matches against the hosts starting on Sunday (July 25). Ahead of the series, Dhawan made his intentions clear about cementing his place as an opener.

While KL Rahul has been India’s first-choice opener along with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan can regain his place and open with the Hitman if he can make runs in the Sri Lankan series. Prithvi Shaw and Virat Kohli are also in contention. While Shaw has performed well in the shorter formats of the game, Virat Kohli had expressed his desire to open for India. However, Dhawan is not concerned.

“It is very important. Of course, any international match has its own impact, and whenever you perform internationally it makes a huge impact. So, on a personal note, I’m really looking forward to performing over here and make my place stronger for the World Cup contendership. Then we’ll see how it goes in the future,” Dhawan said in a virtual presser ahead of 1st T20I against Sri Lanka.

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