ENG vs IND 2018: Shikhar Dhawan is always being made the scapegoat, says Sunil Gavaskar

Dhawan has been dropped from the side for the Lord's Test.

Sunil Gavaskar has criticised India's move to drop Shikhar Dhawan. (Getty)

Criticising India's move drop Shikhar Dhawan for the Lord's Test, former Indian batsman and legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that reiterated that dropping the left-hander after failing just one game is extremely unfair on him. He made 26 and 13 in the two innings of the match and failed to inspire enough confidence in the team management to be given more chances on another overseas Test tour but Gavaskar disagrees with India's handling Dhawan. 

Speaking on Sony's broadcast of the series, Gavaskar said, “I don’t agree with this decision (to drop Shikhar Dhawan). Shikhar Dhawan is always being made the scapegoat. In the last match, he scored more runs than Murali Vijay, It is not right to drop him after every match. If you have to drop him after every match, why do you take him on tour?”

It is Dhawan's technique in overseas conditions that simply gets exposed. The other side of the coin is that it reflects how poorly India seems to plan and prepare for Test tours to South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia. India realised in South Africa that Shikhar isn't the opener they can trust for success abroad and yet did nothing to ensure they don't have to travel with him in England. 

Shikhar has a stellar record averaging 61 in the subcontinent but that drops drastically to just 27 outside Asia. 

Earlier Gavaskar has talked about Dhawan's technical inefficiency to Aaj Tak, where he said, “Shikhar simply does not want to change his game. He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now, You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon," and added, “But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas condition,”

(Inputs from Hindustan Times)


By Kashish Chadha - 11 Aug, 2018

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