Here’s why selectors are going to stick with Shikhar Dhawan in T20Is
Indian selectors show their faith on Shikhar Dhawan yet again.
Updated - Nov 23, 2019 4:37 pm
Shikhar Dhawan, the left-hand Indian opener is not having the best of his time in the T20I format for his side. He is finding it difficult to score runs on a high strike-rate and his run-a-ball approach has brought him under the scanner of the former cricketers and fans. But, selectors have picked the Delhiite in the squad against West Indies keeping the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind.
The 33-year-old has been a vital part of Team India in the limited-overs. He has emerged as a prominent opener for Virat Kohli and Co. but recently his graph in T20I format is on its descendant. Dhawan was the part of the squad that went to play the World Cup. However, in the mid-way of the mega-event, he was ruled out with an injury to his thumb. He marked his return against West Indies in August and is still due to give any breakthrough performances for the team.
Shikhar Dhawan gets a golden chance from Indian selectors
Dhawan is finding it difficult to convert good starts into big scores in the shorter format. And, this year has been a mediocre one for him because he has as an average 22.60 from 12 games with a lowly strike-rate of 110.56, and it’s in stark. In the previous year, he amassed 689 runs at 40.52, at a strike-rate of 147.22 and attained 10th spot in T20I ranking by early 2019.
As per reports in Bangalore Mirror, the MSK Prasad-led selection panel kept the fact in their mind that the T20 World Cup is on its way that is scheduled to be played in Australia next year. And, Shikhar Dhawan has a reputation of performing well in the ICC events. Also, he had performed brilliantly in the T20I series which Team India had played in Australia. So, the selectors have shown their trust yet again over the Delhiite opener.
Shikhar Dhawan now holds a big opportunity to regain his form in the upcoming T20I series against West Indies that will begin on December 6th at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The 33-year-old has featured in 58 T20Is and has managed to score as many as 1504 runs at a strike rate of 128.2.