Pathan also hailed Dhawan’s innings in a tweet saying when under pressure, one must turn around like him by hitting three back-to-back half-centuries.
The right-hander, who last played for India back in 2015, suddenly stormed back into the national reckoning and was named in the Indian T20I squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh.
Pant has already lost his place in the Test team to Wriddhiman Saha and he is on the verge of losing his place in the other formats to Samson.
Samson though is the part of India A squad for New Zealand tour.
The T20I series between India and New Zealand is set to begin on January 24.
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While Rahul and Dhawan scored half-centuries with the bat, the bowlers were clinical yet again.