The ascent of KL Rahul during the T20Is has constrained India’s other star opener Shikhar Dhawan into everything except banish. With captain Virat Kohli’s support, he is everything except sure to open in the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar accepts that regardless of whether Dhawan scores a ton of runs, it will in any case be hard for him to acquire Virat Kohli’s support and select him for the initial spot in the T20 World Cup’s playing XI.
“It’s a curious case. You almost felt like Rahul & Rohit have overtaken him but Shikhar keeps getting runs. So, he keeps the pressure on those two. Look, he has to get runs. I think he will have to put up scores. As a player, you can only do this much. I don’t know how much of a say the performance in Sri Lanka will have in team selection for T20 World Cup, all he can do is put pressure on the guys ahead of him,” quoted by Ajit Agarkar during a virtual conference with Sony Sports.
On the other hand, down the hierarchy, Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t lost expectations. He has scored runs in the ODI series and has been in brilliant structure in the IPL. Yet, with Virat Kohli additionally putting his name forward to open with Rohit Sharma during the T20Is, the entryway has everything except shut on Shikhar Dhawan.
Be that as it may, Ajit Agarkar accepts that in the event that somebody gets harmed, he must be prepared with a ton of races to back his case and put focus on the selectors to think about him.
“He played the 1st match of the T20 series against England and was left out. He then came back and did exceptionally well in the ODIs. He has had two really good IPLs. He is not doing anything wrong. Unfortunately, he didn’t play in the England series. So, he couldn’t make a case. But I feel KL Rahul is ahead of him and Rohit being the vice-captain will pick himself. Although Rahul has had an average series, he has been excellent in white-ball cricket. That makes it difficult for Shikhar,” further added.
KL Rahul has been India’s best T20 batsman throughout the previous two years, making it difficult to ignore regardless of whether has an awful series. He was additionally the top scorer of IPL 2020.
KL Rahul additionally has Virat Kohli’s immense support. He freely pronounced that Rahul will be top-decision for T20Is and Dhawan might be a reinforcement alternative.
Shikhar Dhawan’s strike rate is the other issue that even Virat Kohli has discussed in a roundabout way.
Shikhar Dhawan repudiated Virat Kohli’s free-streaming cricket at the top request and thinks remaining longer is vital for greater aggregates.
Shikhar Dhawan at 35 is edging to the nightfall of his vocation while the group the board has a ton of trust in KL Rahul to take the mantle in future.
Dhawan is additionally contending with a plenty of youthful abilities in Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Nitish Rana.
Henceforth, the India Tour of Sri Lanka will be much more significant for Shikhar Dhawan. He will be feeling the squeeze to not just lead the side against a more vulnerable adversary yet in addition to perform and be in dispute.