Struggling Shikhar Dhawan was once again targeted by former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar for his poor show in the recently concluded One Day International series against the West Indies at home.
Following a disappointing England tour, Dhawan made a remarkable comeback in the Asia Cup 2018 where he managed to claim the Man of the Series with his brilliant efforts with the bat, including two centuries.
But, the Delhi lad failed to take this form to the home series against the depleted Caribbean side, as the left-hander managed only 112 runs in five outings, while India’s other frontline batsmen including Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma made merry in the white-ball series at home.
Many would have expected stunning knocks from his willow against the ordinary Windies bowling attack, but he failed to leave the mark and as far as his career is concerned.
However, the hard-hitting southpaw got great starts but he failed to convert his starts, and even knocked out by debutant pacer Oshane Thomas twice in the series and a couple of times, Dhawan failed to deal with Ashley Nurse and fast-medium Keemo Paul.
Meanwhile, Agarkar believes that Dhawan would consider himself a bit unlucky for missing the runs in his tally at home series before Australia and New Zealand tour. However, former pacer believed the stylish southpaw will come up with some good show in T20I series against West Indies.
Agarkar told ESPN Cricinfo, “That is the second time he played on Oshane Thomas on to the wicket. I think the extra Pace and the bounce would have got better of him. yeah, he would like to get some runs. In a series, where the rest of the players around him got the runs, he missed out in all the games.”
He signed off by saying, “So, those top 3 are crucial for India's success. Yeah, most of the team success depends on the top 3. Though we got Ambati Rayudu at number 4, there is still a long way to go. So, those three need to do well for Team India. In them, Shikhar Dhawan is the key part of it. So, he would be disappointed with the series.”
(Input: ESPN Cricinfo)