Bangalore, June 13: Shikhar Dhawan, who has been the batting star for India in recent times, had once thought of quitting the game, his first coach has revealed.
Dhawan, who has been a prolific run scorer at the domestic level, was disappointed after repeatedly ignored for India duty. The very reason made him think of leaving the game, his first coach Tarak Mehta was quoted as saying in a newspaper report on Thursday.
"He was quite frustrated when his name wouldn't figure in the India squad. It hurt him the most when his junior Delhi teammate Virat Kohli was picked in the team ahead of him.
"He would often ask me, 'I am good enough. Why am I not picked'. There came a phase when he couldn't take any more rejection and wanted to leave the sport," Mehta told "MiD DAY" newspaper on Thursday.
The left-handed Dhawan has struck three successive centuries in international cricket now. In the ongoing Champions Trophy, he has back-to-back tons against South Africa and West Indies.
He hit a record fastest Test debut hundred against Australia in March this year.