Archive photo of Shikhar Dhawan.© AFP
India will face Zimbabwe in a three-game ODI series, starting with the first game in Harare on Thursday, August 18. On Tuesday, India’s deputy series captain Shikhar Dhawan attended one of the pre-match press conferences and answered a series of questions from various journalists. However, the veteran lead-off hitter didn’t understand one of the questions and said he didn’t understand the reporter’s accent.
“Shikhar, how hard is it to play against a team like Zimbabwe right now… who have been struggling for a long time. They haven’t even played much against the Indian team. Do you expect to beat a team like Zimbabwe, ‘ asked the reporter.
Dhawan was surprised by the question and he replied, “Ah, I didn’t understand. Can you repeat? I couldn’t understand your accent, sir.”
His reaction sparked a laugh from all those present in the press box.
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After understanding the question after the second time he asked, Dhawan said Zimbabwe’s play by India is good for the development of the sport.
“It’s good that they (Zimbabwe) won against Bangladesh. I’m sure they play good cricket. This is good for us too. It keeps us sharp and we wouldn’t take anything for granted. We are here to perform No matter what team and the time we need to focus on the right process so that we get the right results,” Dhawan said.
The ODI is followed by the second and third ODI at the same location.
The second ODI will be played on Friday, August 20, while the final ODI will be played on Sunday, August 22.
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