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Youngsters Are Creating Lot Of Competition In Team, Everyone Has To Be On Their Toes: Shikhar Dhawan

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| January 25 , 2019 , 21:13 IST

Indian star opener Shikhar Dhawan on Friday is all praises of the competition in the Indian team with upcoming openers Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill rising up the ranks pretty fast.

Young talent Prithvi Shaw made his Test debut in October and Gill earned a maiden call-up for the men in blue in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand.

Both batsmen were part of India's triumphant campaign in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year.

Speaking to media, India's left-handed batsman said, "I think the youngsters are maturing really quickly in Indian cricket and that creates a lot of competition in the team, everyone has to be on their toes."

"Someone like a Prithvi Shaw, the way he came into the Test team and scored a century and 70 runs against the West Indies, it shows that our bench strength is also very good. So even among the 15 (squad members), we have very high competition," Dhawan added.

Talking on his own form, Delhi batsman said he is grateful for completing 5000 runs in the last match where the opener struck an unbeaten 75 after enduring a lean run in the ODI series against Australia.

"The milestone (5000 runs) means that I'm playing well and I am grateful for it," he said.

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The Indian opener also said, "I think Australian and New Zealand conditions are quite similar. I feel that I'm an experienced player now, I came here a few years ago. So you know what to do and what not to do (in New Zealand). I know my technique suits all sorts of wickets, so I just back myself."

"I haven't worked on any footwork or technique specifically for New Zealand and even if I have, I won't tell. Once you are experienced, your mind is calm and at ease."

On his stand with captain Virat Kohli at Napier, he said: "The good thing about batting with Virat is that we rotate the strike very well and that is one thing that keeps up the pressure (on opposition)."

"I like embracing other cultures. The Haka dance is famous in New Zealand and to watch it here, it was a totally different experience and I am very grateful that the locals came and performed the Haka here.

"The entire team enjoyed it, we took their blessings and we hope these blessings will work for us tomorrow," Dhawan added.