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Dhawan taking it one step at a time

Shikhar Dhawan and StanceBeam CEO Arminder Thind, left, at a function.

Shikhar Dhawan and StanceBeam CEO Arminder Thind, left, at a function.  

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The opener targets a return to the Test squad and says he is enjoying his cricket

The hunger on Shikhar Dhawan’s face as he plots a return to the India Test team is evident. Having played his last Test, against England at The Oval in September 2018, he is eager for a comeback. Since then, India has played 11 Tests. To emphasise his efforts, Dhawan will join the Delhi team in Surat to play three Mushtaq Ali T20 matches.

Dhawan intends to take it step by step, “I love playing cricket and I always make sure to focus on my process and make it very strong. I was playing T20. I will play Ranji Trophy too and look to perform and be a strong contender to get back to the Indian team. I am as young as I was when I was playing Ranji. I have the same energy and determination. I am very happy.”

Different phases

Dhawan talked about the different phases and the various ups and downs which he has faced. “I am just enjoying my cricket and just want to go step by step. I want to make the best of the chances that I get,” said Dhawan at the launch event of StanceBeam Striker.

StanceBeam Striker is a smart cricket bat sensor which will provide data to be used in the analysis of a batsman’s bat-speed and the different angles while playing. Dhawan feels it will trigger a different approach, “How much is the bat speed? Is it coming from the same angle from the first slip, is it coming in the same degree and angle or not? To see if the speed is coming to hit the sixes, in case I am not able to hit sixes. I can relate how much is my bat’s speed. I can get better idea of it.”

StanceBeam founder and CEO, Arminder Thind, believes there will be widespread usage of this technology. “The features are very relevant for a grass-root level player, who has just taken to the game and is trying to understand, so that he starts on the right note. It will also help at the elite level, where the minor variation of one or two percent actually makes the difference between winning and losing.”

Dhawan and Thind clarified they would seek necessary permission from the Board before introducing the technology at the First Class level.

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