After Ishan Kishan’s prolific knock against Bangladesh, the debate on the Indian opening slot got heated up, and again, the scapegoat is none other than Shikhar Dhawan. And it isn’t surprising because earlier, whenever the Indian team had terrible performances, he was sacrificed, and now again, his position in the Indian team is being questioned. He has never got respect for what he has done for the Indian team.
This time it also seems logical because there is a group of talented players like Shubaman Gill and Ishan Kishan sitting on the bench and waiting for their opportunity. In recent times Dhawan’s performance isn’t that inspiring to keep him in the team if we don’t look at his past performances for Team India.
According to our reporters, it is sure that the new selection committee is all set to discuss Dhawan’s ODI future ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, which is set to be played in India. And if reports are to be believed, then Dhawan’s position is doubtful for the ODI world cup if he does not perform in the next few matches. In that case, selectors will start looking beyond him as Shubaman Gill and Ishan Kishan are the two young faces who have performed exceptionally well whenever they have a chance to play for the Indian team as an opener.
Playing only format for the Indian team is also the main cause for his poor performance, as anyone needs some game time to tick all his boxes right. So, players of Dhawan caliber should be handled carefully. He has given a lot to the Indian team and has played his part in all ICC tournaments. And being the next ODI World Cup to be played in India, he will remain a critical aspect for the Indian team in this World Cup because of his immense experience of playing under pressure conditions. He must be given some game time to get his batting mojo back.