Pune: Indian batting legend VVS Laxman has batted for Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in
Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor Laxman, who is impressed with Dhawan's return to form in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), believes the left-handed opener is currently in a very good shape of mind and, therefore, not only should get a place in India's squad for the Champions Trophy, but should open the innings as well alongside Rohit as they did in 2013.
"I think it is great to see Shikhar batting the way he is. He looks in very good rhythm. Also he is in good space of mind. And I am sure the way he is batting, he will win more and more matches for the franchise. I am hoping that he will get a place in the Champions Trophy. I believe Shikhar and Rohit are the right players to open in
The 31-year-old lost his place from the nation side due to poor form and injuries, but the opener has looked good in this IPL season and even smashed a match-winning 70 against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday.
Dhawan was dropped midway through the ODI series against
"I am very pleased with the way Shikhar is batting and I just want him to enjoy and play with a lot of freedom because he is a match winner and an impact player," he added.
It should be noted that Dhawan was adjudged the player of the Series in the last edition of the Champions Trophy, which
The former Indian batsman further said that the defending champions have a very good chance of retaining the coveted trophy.
The tournament will begin on June 1 and end with the final on June 18.