I am not convinced with Shikhar Dhawan: Ajit Agarkar
"They need to get their batting right to get the results."
Published - Sep 13, 2018 11:23 am | Updated - Sep 13, 2018 11:54 am
In India’s recently concluded five-match Test series against England, batting turned out to be a major concern, especially in the top order. Shikhar Dhawan, one of their most experienced batters, couldn’t live up to expectations by any means and managed only 162 runs in four matches at a dismal average of 20.25. The Delhi-born cricketer was dropped after the opening Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
However, Murali Vijay’s poor run of form ensured that the 32-year-old came back into the playing eleven. The left-handed batsman got quite a few starts, but couldn’t convert any of them. Subsequently, he was severely criticised for his lacklustre performance with the willow. In the last match at Kennington Oval in London, the opener could manage only four runs, combining both the innings.
The batting needs to be on the top
Meanwhile, Ajit Agarkar, the former Indian batsman reckons that Dhawan isn’t quite fitting the bill. Moreover, he mentioned that India need to sort out their batting order in order to taste consistent success in overseas conditions. Moreover, Agarkar also didn’t mince any words in saying that Rishabh Pant, who made his debut in the series, needs to improve his wicketkeeping skills.
“India have got a decent batting lineup. They need to get their batting right to get the results to go in India’s way. KL Rahul’s 100 has given some sort of confidence that he can open the innings. But, I am not convinced with Shikhar Dhawan.
We got Pujara, Rahane, and Virat in the middle-order. We don’t know whether they are better players than that. If India figures out their batting problems, they can win the games,” Agarkar was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
“If you got batting right, there will be fewer chances to lose a game. Especially, with the bowling department doing well, the batting needs to be on the top. Rishabh Pant needs to get his wicketkeeping right,” he added.
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