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Highest wicket-taker Rishi Dhawan omitted from Irani Cup

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - 9:12am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

A Rest of India (RoI) berth for the Irani Cup is usually a reward for performers of the season. This year, too, the squad came out on predictable lines. However, selectors missed out on one such player who was also the highest wicket-taker in the just-concluded Ranji Trophy.

Himachal Pradesh all-rounder Rishi Dhawan was a disappointed man on Monday when he did not find a mention in the RoI team that will take on Ranji champions Karnataka in Bangalore from February 9.

Dhawan took 49 wickets from eight games this season. Besides, he also showed his all-round skills by scoring 435 runs that included five half-centuries.

“Yes, I am disappointed,” Dhawan told dna. “It depends on the selectors, not me. My job is to go out there and perform. Whenever they feel that I am ready, they will select me,” he added.

Dhawan, who made his first class debut in 2009, was happy with the way he performed this season. “It was a good season with the bat and ball. I would like to continue the same way,” he said.

What different did he do this year to get those wickets in bulk? “It was better than last year. The more I play, the better I learn and get experience. I kept trying and hence got the results,” he said.

Dhawan’s strength has been his ability to swing. “That is my strength. I rely heavily on swing and can move the ball both ways,” added Dhawan.

The 23-year-old impressed everyone during his stint with Mumbai Indians last year and he would like to continue in this IPL too. “I will take match by match. I had a great season last year and would look to improve upon it,” Dhawan added.

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