Auckland, 24 November (Agency)
Shikhar Dhawan says he was not hurt when KL Rahul was handed over the captaincy in his place during the Zimbabwe tour. Dhawan, who usually leads the ODI team in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, was appointed captain for the three ODIs in the tour of Zimbabwe in August this year, but was dropped by the former national selection committee after KL Rahul was fit. The captaincy was taken away.
“I was not hurt because some things are predetermined and whatever happens is for our good,” Dhawan said on the eve of the first ODI against New Zealand. “And if you see after the Zimbabwe tour, I was made the captain again for the series against South Africa and the same selection committee gave me that responsibility,” he said. That’s why I was not saddened in the slightest by what happened in Zimbabwe. Whatever God does, he does for good.’ He also said that the decision to give the captaincy to KL Rahul was the right one. Dhawan said, ‘I consider myself lucky that at this stage of my career, I have got the opportunity to captain India.’