Dhawan should succeed as opener: Chauhan

New Delhi: Former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan feels that Shikhar Dhawan, who made his Test debut in the ongoing Mohali Test match against Australia, should prove to be a successful opener.

"Shikhar should succeed as he is highly talented. He has been playing First Class cricket for over five years and he has been a consistent performer for Delhi, scoring heavily," said Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India alongside Sunil Gavaskar.

"He has also played for India-A and for the Under-25 India team. This is a good break for him and he should make full use of it."

The 27-year-old left-handed opener has stepped into the shoes of city-mates Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who proved to be an excellent opening pair for India.

Asked about the secret behind Delhi producing so many successful openers, Chauhan said: "There is no specific reason, I guess we know how to tap talent. The infrastructure is the best in northern India and with 110 clubs, which play several tournaments; youngsters come in from other states too."

India currently lead 2-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.