Former Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir advocated Kerala Wicket Keeper batsman Sanju Samson to be given a place in the team eleven. Gautam, while doing commentary in the ongoing series between India and Sri Lanka, did not looked pleased with the Indian management on ignoring the Karnataka lad time and again.
Gambhir also did not agreed over Dhawan being given repeated chance in the shortest format of the game despite a poor form and lack of attacking gameespecially in the shortest form of the game. Gautam feels that with the World Cup looming large India must focus on finding the right combination and giving the young guns enough game time prior to the marquee event.
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Shikhar Dhawan has returned to the action after missing out on the series against West Indies owing to knee injury he suffered in a Ranji Clash. WhileIndian management has given Rohit Sharma rest for the ongoing series. Both Dhawan and KL Rahul will jostle for the one opening slot after the return of Rohit.
Dhawan has been regular in the team since 2013 champions trophy but his recent form has not been great specially in shortest format of the game. In 2019, Dhawan played 13 T20Is and scored 272 runs at an average of 22.66 at an abysmal strike rate of 110.56. It will not be wrong to say that the time is running out for the left hander.
On the other hand, KL Rahul has been in red hot form in the limited overs cricket. Rahul has been amassing runs in both formats with a remarkable consistency and strike rate. In the series against West Indies, the Karnataka batsman scored two fifties in T20 series along with a century in the ODI assignment. With the T20 World Cup not far away, Dhawan needs to deliver urgently considering the current form of KL in shorter formats of the game else he might end up missing the bus to World T20.
Sanju Samson has been also knocking on the door for quite some time now. He has also been called as backup and replacement in the recent series. But the Kerala lad has not been fortunate enough to get a game. After good returns in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, Samson is leading Kerala from the front with scores of 116 and 79 runs respectively in the last two inning