Team India’s cricketing calendar for this year is brimming with exciting events. While the first half of the year was highlighted by the World Test Championship final, in which India faced a disappointing loss to Australia, the second half holds even more significance. With the ODI World Cup and the Asia Cup on the horizon, India has another major tournament to prepare for the quadrennial Asian Games. Both the men’s and women’s teams are set to participate in the Games, and reports suggest that Shikhar Dhawan might make a comeback as the captain of the India B team.
According to reports from PTI, Shikhar Dhawan is being considered as the captain for the India B team in the upcoming Asian Games. This decision comes as India’s main team focuses on their preparations for the World Cup, which coincides with the men’s competition at the Asian Games. Dhawan, who has been out of the Indian ODI squad since December last year due to inconsistent performances, might find an opportunity to lead the side again.
“Shikhar Dhawan’s name is doing rounds as the captain of the India B team that will take part in the quadrennial extravaganza,” PTI reported on Thursday.
While Dhawan has not represented India in any format this year, he has previously captained the team in specific instances. Last year, he led the side against New Zealand in a three-match ODI series, showcasing his leadership skills. He also captained a second-string Indian team during the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka in 2021. Dhawan’s experience in leadership positions makes him a suitable candidate to guide the India B team at the Asian Games.
In contrast to the men’s team, the women’s team at the Asian Games will feature a full-strength lineup. Led by Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s team is considered one of the favourites to secure the gold medal. Their impressive performance at the Commonwealth Games last year, where they finished runners-up after losing to Australia in the final, has boosted their confidence. With a talented squad and their sights set on gold, the women’s team will aim to bring glory to the nation.