Thus, Dhawan’s teammate and Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin lavished praise on Dhawan, a veteran cricketer who always bats with a big smile on his face and has long been in the shadow of Kohli and Rohit. has been delivered.
India participated in 24 of his ODIs last year, of which Sikar Dhawan participated in his 22. He is also the captain of nine of them, one more than regular captain Rohit Sharma and two more than then-vice-captain KL Rahul. Cut for 2023, the left-hander is not even in ODI’s squad as he was dropped from the home series against New Zealand. Was Dhawan that bad meanwhile? He averaged 688 runs in 2022 with an average of 34. He also didn’t score a century.
Perhaps the reason he was given the longer rope was the absence of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for most of the 24 ODIs. Their workload was under control as India focused on his T20 World Cup. The prolific duo returned and the moment Shubman Gill continued his scoring streak in his ODI, there was no room for his Dhawan in India’s ODI XI. He had already lost his place on the Test side and the T20I side, but now it looks like the team management has moved away from him in ODI as well.
But that doesn’t take anything away from the player Dhawan played in India. After Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, he was India’s most consistent white-ball hitter for almost a decade. His first partnership with Rohit is one of the most successful in world cricket.
As such, Dhawan’s teammate and Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin lavished praise on Dhawan, a veteran who always bats with a big smile on his face. You said you have delivered the goods.
“In the past, we only had problems when the top three dropped out. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. We talk a lot about Rohit and Kohli, but Dhawan is a solid man. He went to work in silence. Will his location be a big void for team his India?” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
The emergence of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan also undermined Dhawan’s claims. Both Kishan and Gill have crossed 2 centuries in ODI in the past few months.
Speaking about competing at the top of the leaderboard, Ashwin said Impact needs to focus on his players.
“Should we go back to Sikar Dhawan or take care of Ishan Kishan who just scored 200? What character thrives under pressure? Which character will be active for a long time? Ishan Kishan dropped out at 200x him, but Team India has seen his Shubman Gill in action in the past. He has a strong RBI and was the most consistent hitter on the team for some time. He can also play slog sweeps and traditional sweeps, slice and pull pacemakers…smart strikes, quality strikes, and acceleration into the closing stages. He accelerated admirably in the final four overs and scored a 200 at the Hyderabad ODI,” added Ashwin.