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Shikhar Dhawan said, “Caught off guard by not making the Asian Games team.

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Shikhar Dhawan hasn't featured in any format for India since last year's tour of Bangladesh

Shikhar Dhawan admitted to being taken aback by his absence from the Asian Games roster. Given the recent composition of India’s alternate teams, the left-handed batter was expected to make the squad and possibly command it, however he was left out of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s selection.

It should be remembered that in recent years, Dhawan has acted as interim captain whenever India has selected a second-string team. Dhawan admitted that his non-selection startled him, but he opted to remain philosophical about the situation.

“I was surprised to see my name was missing. But then I realized they had a different thought process, and you simply had to accept it,” Dhawan told PTI. “I’m delighted that Rutu [Gaikwad] will captain the team. All of the young lads are present, and I am confident they will do well.”

Dhawan is no stranger to being in and out of the team, having been benched prior to the 2019 World Cup before being selected for the squad on the strength of his recent exploits. The first batter went on to hit a century in the World Cup before being sidelined by injury. Given the recent spate of injury worries among Indian squad members, Dhawan is aware that the door is not completely closed on him, and he is determined to be ready whenever the opportunity arises.

“I still enjoy training and playing; these are the things I can control.” I respect whatever decision is made. I haven’t talked to any recruiters regarding my future plans. I continue to attend the National Cricket Academy [in Bengaluru]. I enjoy my time there since the amenities are excellent. NCA has helped shape my career, and I am appreciative.”

“At this point, you take it year by year.” Physically, I am in great shape, and I am competing in the IPL for the Punjab Kings. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do so next year.”

Dhawan has not represented India in any format since the home ODIs against Bangladesh in December 2022.

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