London: Out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan has tried to put up a defence after India lost the ongoing Test series to England, saying the players are also ‘hurt’ like the fans and followers of Indian cricket.
“People who have been writing negative stuff. We are also hurt the day you guys are. It is important to learn from our mistakes and move forward. We give our best for the nation every time we walk on the ground and most important thing is as a team we should be in a good mindset before the next game,” Dhawan posted on his instagram page.
Poor form of Dhawan along with his opening partners K L Rahul and Murali Vijay have been a cause of concern for India during the Test series as they haven’t fired at all in the four Tests played so far.
Dhawan has scored 158 runs from three matches so far while Rahul has managed 113 from four matches. “We cannot change the past. So we do our hardwork at the ground as always and keep our process strong. After practice it is important to laugh and be happy so we create positivity in the team. That’s what champions do,” Dhawan wrote.
Root targets perfect send-off
Getting ready for an emotional week ahead, England skipper Joe Root says they want to conjure up a perfect send-off for Alastair Cook in the final Test, where a win will also send a strong statement to the world. “It will be quite an emotional week for Cook and for a lot of the guys who have played a lot of cricket with him. He will be a massive loss to our dressing room,” he said