Twitterati serve Shikhar Dhawan hot criticism after his dual failure
Dhawan failed to make a valuable contribution in both the innings and Team India missed runs from the top order.
by Ankit Editor
Published - Aug 4, 2018 6:48 pm | Updated - Aug 4, 2018 7:02 pm
For a team to do well in England it is a prerequisite that their openers get them off to a good start. The job of the opening batters is to see through the new ball, handle the first burst of attack from the pacers, hang back and wait for the bad balls to get runs. There was always a doubt whether Shikhar Dhawan will be able to get going in those conditions, however, the team management expected him to make up for his lack in technique with temperament.
As far as the first Test match is concerned that didn’t happen. Virat Kohli wanted to accommodate KL Rahul in the playing XI and thus Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped and not Dhawan. Fans were surprised and rather shocked by this move, and the left-hander with the way he batted in both the innings of the match hasn’t proved the sceptics wrong either.
After the English team was bowled out early on day 2, Dhawan walked out alongside Murali Vijay and in the first half an hour things looked so easy, the ball wasn’t swinging there was hardly any movement and they were starting to play their shots. Just then Joe Root brought Sam Curran in the attack, the left-arm pacer swung the ball into the right-hander and struck Vijay on the pads to create the first opening. He then removed KL Rahul on the last ball of the same over and was really making the ball talk.
Dhawan instead of opting for a conservative sort of approach was still willing to play the drive far from his body. Curran got one to swing away and the southpaw opened the face of the bat to edge it to second slip for 26. In the second innings, their task was cut out, the team knew what they needed to win and it was 193 runs. India had a worse start this time as Vijay decided to leave one from Broad that came back in and as there was no shot offered he was given out despite being hit outside the line of the off-stump.
Dhawan accompanied his partner back in the change room soon enough as he edged one from Broad in his next over back to the keeper Jonny Bairstow having scored just 13. Thus in a Test match where a lot was expected of them, the opener completely failed and was served hot criticism on social media.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Dhawan’s batting in the first Test:
@SDhawan25 stop play test cricket…u don't deserved test cricket…
— arup aich (@aruptherock) August 4, 2018
— PRATEEK SRIVASTAVA (@ppprrrateek) August 4, 2018
@SDhawan25 who smiles after dropping catches?
Stop that Carless attitude on the field
with bat too…You're an absolute flat track bully !!
— Pankaj Gurnani (@Pankaj_Gurnani_) August 4, 2018
— TROLL IPL (@TrollIPL1) August 4, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan should be thrown out not only of the playing X1 but also of the Test Squad.. Not sure but he looks lethargic and Never mind attitude .. thats not what you want when you are playing for your country!! #ENGvIND
— பிரேம்!!! (@Premkumar_R) August 4, 2018
@SDhawan25 plz retire from test cricket….there is no use from u for our country….just get retire
— punith (@punith42513816) August 4, 2018
— Tweets from Heart (@tweetfirer) August 4, 2018
— Akash Mittal (@Akki517651) August 4, 2018
@imvkohli if you are playing Shikhar Dhawan for test cricket in foreign soil.
1) Remove all the fielders from ground.
2) Remove all the stumps from ground.
3) Remove both the umpires from ground.
He will still find a way to get out.
— tejas (@tajista) August 4, 2018
#ShikharDhawan bhai, batting karna seekh le pehle ye flat wickets nahin hai… Improve your skills or sit yourself out… Why do you want to look like joker in the middle?
— Abhishek (@Abhilieut) August 4, 2018
Dear @SDhawan25 if you can't bat well at least do field well…and don't laugh like shame on your fail
— @i'm jyotishman (@jyotishman__) August 4, 2018
— S k Das (@Shubhamdas21) August 4, 2018
— Vikrant Singh (@vikilasha) August 4, 2018
— Divyam Smart Support (@divyam_jha20) August 4, 2018
— Shashank Mishra (@MihraShashank) August 4, 2018
India lost this match 4 days back..with the team selection..!!
Felt it then & even more now..Actually lucky to have been in an winning position y'day..
— Nilanjan Mukherjee (@Nilanjan241181) August 4, 2018
— Cricket Blog (@kirketblog) August 4, 2018
If @SDhawan25 plays again for India ,I will stop following Cricket… pathetic…
— anupbisoyi (@anupbisoyi) August 4, 2018
@vikrantgupta73 @sports_tak should drop Shikhar Dhawan.. not annoyed by his batting becoz that's his playing style if he gets going will score .but his catching that is the biggest reason in INDIA'S loss.
— SURAJ PILLAI (@suraj_2648) August 4, 2018
Me and shikhar Dhawan should should take retirement #ENGvIND
— Naamdar Gandhi (@shikanji_) August 4, 2018
— Manchibaba ( जनेऊ धारी ) 🚩 (@manchibaba) August 4, 2018