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Missing the team balance in Pandya's absence: Shikhar Dhawan

By Athar Ansari
Jan 17, 2019 • 17:16 PM

"The balance that Hardik (Pandya) creates when he is in the team is very crucial," Dhawan acknowledged in the pre-match press conference.

"Even when Kedar (Jadhav) plays, the overs of off-spin he bowls are very beneficial for us and I would say he is our golden arm as he always takes wickets when he comes on. So often, he has broken big partnerships. An all-rounder in Tests and limited-overs cricket is equally important," he added.

Talking about Ahmed and Siraj, Dhawan said the youngsters will mature and get better with time.

"It's not a worry (about their bowling). They just came in and are young blokes. We will back them. That's how they're going to learn, when they play against a good side," he said.

"If they go for runs, that's where they have to lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategies. That's how they'll become more mature players. It's good that they are getting chances over here," he added.