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Shikhar Dhawan Addresses New Role As India Captain & Emotional Fans Back Gabbar All The Way

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Shikhar Dhawan was recently crowned the captain of the second string of the Indian cricket team that will be touring Sri Lanka for three One-Day Internationals and three T20Is and while the move does make sense, many were surprised by the BCCI’s decision to give the leadership to Gabbar.

Nonetheless, it was a pleasant surprise as Dhawan not only happens to be in excellent form thanks to his heroics during the first half of the Indian Premier League but also is the most experienced player in the squad.

NEWS : The All-India Senior Selection Committee picked the Indian squad for the 3-match ODI series & the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in July. #TeamIndia

Details https://t.co/b8kffqa6DR pic.twitter.com/GPGKYLMpMS

— BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2021

Within a few hours of getting the confirmation, Dhawan was simply overwhelmed by the kind of support he received from the fans and hopped on Twitter to express his gratitude while humbly accepting the massive role of leading his country on an international level.

Humbled by the opportunity to lead my country 🇮🇳 Thank you for all your wishes pic.twitter.com/SbywALBTwZ

— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 11, 2021

“Humbled by the opportunity to lead my country Thank you for all your wishes,” the southpaw wrote on the micro-blogging website.

His followers rallied behind the 35-year old and let him know how much he deserved this recognition:

Good Luck Skipper ️
Hope you will score hundred in #INDvSL series.#ShikharDhawan pic.twitter.com/MoqgR70LkU

— ABDULLAH NEAZ (@AbdullahNeaz) June 11, 2021

Congratulations Gabbar We are so excited to see you as a captain All the best Gabbar Amaziiiiiiiiing We pic.twitter.com/3Kjs6mV88O

— Hitman and Kl Rahul KOHLI Dhoni club (@Abusufi59167657) June 11, 2021

Amazing to see The Gabbar As a captain All the best Gabbar pic.twitter.com/38QWnkU6sL

— Hitman and Kl Rahul KOHLI Dhoni club (@Abusufi59167657) June 11, 2021

Congratulations. Gabbar .
Play your best in ODI and T20I.
Do Well in T20I, seal your place.
Hope You do it.

— Diwakar Kumar (@diwakarkumar47) June 11, 2021

As one of the oldest cricketers to be an active part of the Team India rotation, talks of Dhawan’s struggling form and injuries had led to a few retirement speculations. However, it was his return to his usual self during the limited-overs series against the touring England squad which reaffirmed the fans’ faith in him.

Additionally, the second-string Team India also allowed veteran bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar to ascend to the role of vice-captaincy while newcomers like Devdutta Paddikal, Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad will also get to wear their first India cap at the highest level of competitive cricket.

Indian squad for Sri Lanka Tour: 

Shikhar Dhawan (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (VC), P Shaw, D Padikkal, R Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, M Pandey, H Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (WK), S Samson (WK), Y Chahal, R Chahar, K Gowtham, K Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, V Chakravarthy, D Chahar, N Saini, C Sakariya

Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

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