Shikhar Dhawan although has discovered himself in that boat since July 2021, when he final performed a T20I for India towards Sri Lanka in Colombo. A fast take a look at his IPL stats over the past 4 seasons (2019-2022) will present that he has maintained a median of over 34 each season. In truth since 2015, Shikhar hasn’t had a single IPL season the place he has scored underneath 400 runs.
In November this 12 months he was named the brand new captain of the Punjab Kings IPL franchise.
Why he isn’t a part of India’s T20I scheme of issues is a separate dialogue altogether. The query being requested from sure quarters presently after his underwhelming performances with the bat within the 3 ODI collection towards Bangladesh is – ought to Shikhar Dhwan proceed to be within the scheme of issues so far as Indian ODI cricket is worried? Keep in mind, ODIs is the one format Shikhar is picked to play in today.
One telling signal within the Bangladesh ODI collection was KL Rahul being named alternative captain, when common skipper Rohit Sharma was dominated out of the third and remaining ODI with a thumb harm. For the longest time, every time the common captain was not accessible for an ODI collection, the selectors and workforce administration appointed Dhawan because the captain. However not this time.
This after all got here within the backdrop of Shikhar having a completely torrid time with the bat in Bangladesh. In 3 innings, he managed to attain a paltry 18 runs, with a highest rating of 8. Within the ODI collection at house in October vs South Africa, by which Shikhar was stand-in captain, he scored 25 runs in 3 innings.
Of late, the silver lining for him was the three match ODI collection in New Zealand, which noticed just one accomplished sport. Dhawan batted thrice and scored 103 runs, at a median of 34.33 and a highest rating of 72. He was the fourth highest run-getter in that collection, behind Latham, Iyer and Gill.
So the place does Dhawan realistically stand in India’s ODI pecking order? Forward of the ODI collection vs South Africa, which India received 2-1, Shikhar himself had stated – “I don’t know the way lengthy I’m going to play cricket, however proper now my greatest aim is to play within the 2023 World Cup”.
Former India captain Anjum Chopra was a visitor on Instances of India’s sports activities podcast Sportscast lately and talked in regards to the significance of maintaining somebody like Shikhar round, particularly with the worldwide ODI showpiece occasion – the 50 over World Cup being performed in India subsequent 12 months.
“The truth that he has made his intention very clear and that he has been open about it, saying – I wish to be there for the ICC World Cup (2023) – that may be seen in any mild. I see it in a constructive mild. A minimum of the participant is focussed and desires to be there on the World Cup. Look, let’s face it – whether or not you’re taking part in IPL or not, whichever event you’re taking part in, when you’re solely taking part in one format and that format comes again as soon as in 4 years, within the type of a World Cup, to stay related for that format isn’t straightforward. And (particularly) in the direction of the latter a part of your profession. I’m not saying finish of the profession, it is the latter a part of the profession. And let’s not overlook that from right here India performs the home (bilateral) collection towards Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia and there is the IPL as properly and he (Shikhar) is the captain of his IPL workforce additionally now, so the duty will probably be there on his shoulders,” Anjum Chopra stated on TOI Sportscast.
The 2023 ODI World Cup will solely be performed on the finish of the 12 months, subsequent 12 months. Earlier than that India have a packed schedule, which can see again to again house assignments towards the likes of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia. Between these three collection, India will play 9 ODIs. It is going to be very attention-grabbing to see what Shikhar Dhawan’s future seems to be like going into these bilateral collection.
When Ishan Kishan smashed the quickest ODI double ton ever towards Bangladesh lately off simply 126 balls, lots of people felt it was perhaps time to have a look at him as Rohit Sharma’s new opening associate in ODIs. However is a knee-jerk response actually what the brand new choice committee will look to take for somebody who has performed 167 ODIs for India?
Just some days again a BCCI official advised PTI – “A name on Shikhar’s future will probably be taken after the brand new choice committee is appointed, however Head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma’s views cannot be ignored.”
Dhawan can also be the third highest ODI run-getter for India (6793 runs) on the listing of energetic cricketers, behind solely Virat Kohli (12471 runs) and Rohit Sharma (9454 runs).
“I feel it is a good steadiness the place Indian selectors, administration can discover the place they’re utilising his (Shikhar’s) expertise, his learnings and what the workforce requires at this cut-off date. You’ll be able to’t simply go in with recent legs, you need expertise. We all the time hear the phrase – (mixture of) youth and expertise and I really feel Indian cricket at this cut-off date has youth and expertise. So, how we channelise that and use it to our benefit is unquestionably a dialogue level, which I’m certain people who find themselves there (in cost) will probably be . I would not say that Shikhar Dhawan has no place on this line-up. I’d nonetheless say – hold him round. You need to go along with the mindset that Shikhar will probably be proper on the high, batting for India in a World Cup. That provides constructive vitality, that offers (a) constructive look to the workforce,” Anjum Chopra additional stated on TOI Sportscast.
The worldwide cricket calendar has turn out to be extremely packed and relentless today. Yearly nearly appears to be a World Cup 12 months. From 2019 to 2024 mixed, there have been and will probably be a complete of 5 World Cups, throughout the ODI and T20 codecs.
With India once more failing to clinch that elusive ICC trophy on the T20 World Cup earlier this 12 months in Australia, fan expectations and the stress that creates will probably be going by the roof on the 2023 ODI World Cup, particularly as a result of it is going to be performed in Indian situations. Protecting these sentiments in thoughts, how straightforward or troublesome will it’s for the selectors to select the optimum squad? And simply how lengthy a rope would they be prepared to offer among the senior gamers?
“With Rohit and Shikhar opening on the high – I see no hurt in it. These are our situations, we all know them very properly. Three matches that did not go properly for Shikhar (in Bangladesh), I agree there will probably be questions, however then let’s face it – if we’ve such query marks for gamers, be it anybody – be it an Ishan Kishan or be it a Shikhar Dhawan, it is actually unfair. Then we’re actually simply ready for a participant to fail to say – he shouldn’t be there, fairly than ready for a participant to succeed to say – look he can add such high quality. So I’ll say that Shikhar Dhawan continues to be an essential member on this (India ODI) line-up. I would not wish to scale back the variety of choices for Indian cricket going in the direction of the World Cup, I’d wish to hold an increasing number of choices and probably the most fluent, most in kind ought to get a go on the World Cup, ” Anjum additional stated on TOI Sportscast.
(You’ll be able to take heed to the complete episode of TOI Sportscast with Anjum Chopra HERE)