Throughout the long term, Shikhar Dhawan has been probably India’s best player in the 50-over design. In any case, notwithstanding the entirety of his accomplishments, he ends up in a position where he may be dropped assuming he ends up having an awful series against South Africa.
With age not on his side, and Ruturaj Gaikwad scoring runs for entertainment only in the continuous Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22, a few fans see his situation in the ODI side to be unpredictable.
Notwithstanding, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra showed up to openly endorse the opener Shikhar Dhawan. He felt that the bold opener expected to highlight in the forthcoming ODI series against the Proteas.
Chopra was of the assessment that the player should have been endured with, in spite of his low returns in the homegrown rivalry. While talking on his YouTube channel, Chopra commended Dhawan for being a demonstrated entertainer. The analyst additionally talked about his incredible record in ICC ODI events.
“12, 8 (18), 14, 12 and 0 – that’s his last five scores in a high-scoring Vijay Hazare Trophy. Should you select him? I think he should be. Dhawan is India’s proven customer. He has done phenomenally well in One-Day cricket. He is the Mr ICC. If we look at the 2023 World Cup — if he stays fit — why not?” Stated by Aakash Chopra.
“India haven’t played much ODI cricket in 2021, so why drop him? Some people had insisted that he should’ve even been selected in the T20 World Cup. Just because Ruturaj is scoring runs, or Iyer can open, or the Rohit-Rahul pair is set. I think dropping him would be grossly unfair,”
“If he plays badly, you drop him. But if someone’s doing better, and then you drop him — that’s not fair. If you’re dropping a proven Indian player on a few domestic performances, that would be very unfair.
“I think he should be in the tour of South Africa. If India is looking at a transition at some stage, please have a word with him. Communication is important — especially when you’re fading out a senior player. Do let them know, take them in confidence.” Further added by him.
One more significant highlight to be noted is the way that Dhawan is India’s leading run-scorer in ODIs this year. Also, he was India’s skipper during the restricted overs visit through Sri Lanka. In 2021, the dynamic opener scored 297 runs at a normal of 59.40.