Run scoring is difficult after new ODI rules: Dhawan

Harare: He might be relishing the role of an opener but Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan says scoring runs has not been easy in one-dayers ever since the introduction of new rules.

Dhawan has been in terrific form for India after being drafted into the side following Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir`s prolonged lean patch.

Dhawan yesterday scored a career-best 116 to guide India to their second consecutive win against Zimbabwe.

"It`s more difficult nowadays because you`ve got new balls from both ends. When the ball is swinging you really need to play close to your body.

"You`ll see that in the first 10 overs, openers are not scoring that many nowadays because the ball is new and it swings a lot and you have to be more careful," Dhawan said.

The Delhi left-hander said one has to be smart with shots at the start of the innings.

"Shot selection is very important, because you don`t want to lose wickets at the start and put pressure on the rest of the side," he said.

Dhawan said there is a united dressing room and that has helped on-field success as well. India won the Champions Trophy in England and then a tri-series in the West Indies.

"Our team is gelling really nicely. All the young boys are very fit and really good in the field. Fielding-wise, we have really improved a lot. I feel like everything is working our way," he said.