India opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted to channelling the disappointment of being omitted from the playing XI for the recent T20I series against West Indies into improving his standards. Dhawan had a mediocre outing in the Test series in the West Indies, where he managed only 138 runs from four innings before being dropped for the final Test in Port of Spain.I feel my motivation always increases even when things dont go well for me, Dhawan told reporters after the Duleep Trophy final between India Blue and India Red. Sure, it does hurt me, but I channel the hurt to keep getting better; I dont let it bog me down. Thats how I work.Like, when I was left out for the T20s - of course I wanted to be in the playing XI. So, that required me to do better. So, I thought, OK man, I have to raise my standards. As simple as that. I dont look outside; I look inside and say, I will have to do this, I will do it.Dhawan also said his motivation to do well increased with time, and that age didnt have a bearing on it. It depends on your desire [to do well], how much you love the game and what goals you have.With the emergence of KL Rahul, India have had the luxury of opting for any two of three potential openers - Rahul, Dhawan and M Vijay - and the team used all possible pairings during the West Indies Tests. Dhawans middling returns have coincided with a breakout season for Rahul - he scored 236 runs, including a hundred, from three Test innings, before smashing an unbeaten 51-ball 110 in the first T20I in Florida.Dhawan agreed that the competition for the opening spots had intensified, and that it had kept every player on his toes in the lead-up to a long home season. It is a good thing. Jaan lagaani hai, dum lagaana hai apni jagah rakhne ke liye [One needs to give it ones all to keep ones place in the side], he said.Rahul, anyway has done quite well in Test matches and T20s, so if you look at the bigger picture its very good for India that there are three or four openers pushing one another, as well as openers in the domestic circuit who are also pushing for places. Such competition ensures each individual keeps working hard.With the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur set to begin in a little over a week, Dhawan said he was preparing well and getting physically and mentally stronger. Asked if there was any specific preparation involved, he replied with a laugh: I am batting for 40 minutes [in the nets].Dhawan was also appreciative of head coach Anil Kumbles cricketing smarts, and said he was learning from him the importance of hard graft. Its been great having Anil bhai around. Of course, he is a great legend, he said. 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BERLIN -- Borussia Dortmund ended 2016 with whistles from its own fans after being held to a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga by gritty Augsburg on Tuesday.Not even the news of midfielder Julian Weigls contract extension to 2021 could hide the disappointment of Dortmunds third successive league draw.It wasnt for lack of effort -- the home side had 23 attempts on goal but only Ousmane Dembeles equalizer after the interval to show for it.I think the game today reflects the whole opening half of the season, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said of a side that beat Bayern Munich and topped a Champions League group containing Real Madrid.Tuchel had said he was worried by his sides propensity to concede first -- since the 1-0 win over Bayern, Dortmund had been left with an uphill task across six competitive games. And it happened again on Tuesday when Ji Dong-won scored against his former club in the 33rd minute.Marc Bartra lost the ball and Martin Hinteregger surged forward despite the attention of five Dortmund players, slipping a pass to Jan Moravek, who noticed Ji free on the left. Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller blocked his first effort but the rebound fell kindly for the South Korean to grab his third league goal of the season.Dortmund was dominating possession but struggling to create chances against Augsburgs compact 5-4-1 formation.Tuchel brought Bartra off for Sven Bender at the break and Dembele equalized two minutes later, sweeping the ball in with his left foot after Shinji Kagawa played him through.Kagawa might have had a penalty shortly afterward when it appeared Paul Verhaegh brought him down.Dortmund pushed hard but couldnt find another breakthrough. The side is fourth in the standings and might be overtaken by Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, when league leader Bayern Munich hosts promoted Leipzig for a top-of-the-table clash.All of Tuesdays games were preceded with a minutes silence for victims of the truck attack at a Christmas market that left 12 people dead and many injured in Berlin the evening before. 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