It's not that I don't want to face fast players, says Shikhar Dhawan

NEW DELHI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan He has claimed that he can face fast bowlers, but at the same time he admitted that he does not want to face the first ball of innings every time a player starts the process.

Dhawan was responding to recent not-too-flattering comments about him by opening partner Rohit Sharma and David warner , his former teammate in Hyderabad Sunrises .

No, no, I don't agree with that. It's not that I don't want to take on the fast bowlers. Everyone has their views, I'm an opening hitter. I've been playing that role for India for eight years, so I'm obviously playing the fast players, Dhawan said during a live Instagram session with former India ATV Irfan Pathan on Wednesday.

If I don't face them on the first lap, eventually I do on the second lap, he added.

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While Dhawan has played many innings since making his India debut, it is his starting partner Rohit, who has become the team's batting pillar alongside the captain. Virat Kohli .

He was candid about his unwillingness to attack first when a speed trader is operating on the other end, calling it something more mental.

Yes, I don't like hitting the first ball of the game and I am honest about it, but if some young man like Prithvi (Shaw) comes along and is not comfortable taking the first ball, then he would obviously take the Strike.

But with Rohit, he started in the Champions Trophy, where I told him to take the strike and that continued, since I don't like to change things much, the left-handed hitter said.

The Delhi player said it is a challenge for every starter to face fast bowlers in stitched conditions.

Of course, if we play in England in playing conditions, it is a challenge for everyone, it is not as if you do not want to face fast players.

Both Rohit and Dhawan have been opening for India since the Champions Trophy in 2013, before KL Rahul burst onto the scene.

During a recent conversation, Warner and Rohit discussed the experience of opening with Dhawan.

The only time I remember him (Dhawan) taking the first ball was when Harbhajan was bowling, Warner had said.

He always used to say that if there is a fast bowler with his left arm, 'you take the strike because I don't want the inbound delivery.'

For his part, Rohit said about Dhawan: He is an idiot, what can I say? He does not like to face the first ball. He likes to face spinners, but he doesn't like to face fast pitchers.