Saturday, September 30, 2023

IND vs NZ 1ST ODI: Injustice with Shikhar Dhawan..? Stamina still left, strong innings against New Zealand

Captain Shikhar Dhawan was seen in ODI against New Zealand in Auckland. In the first match of the three-match series, Dhawan played a strong inning of 72 runs in 77 balls, taking the news of the Kiwi bowlers fiercely. Dhawan hit 13 fours during this innings. Dhawan was caught out by Tim Southee at the hands of Finn Allen.

The result of this innings of Dhawan was that the Indian team got a good start in the match. Dhawan was well supported by second opener Shubman Gill and both shared a total of 124 runs in 23.1 overs. Gill faced 65 balls and scored 50 runs, which included three sixes and one four.

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Why is there no place for Dhawan in the T20 team?

Shikhar Dhawan, who is going to turn 37 on December 5, has once again told through this brilliant inning that ignoring him can cost the Indian team a lot. Dhawan is getting chances in ODI cricket, but in T20 cricket, he is not getting chances at all, while players like KL Rahul are getting chances continuously. The special thing is that despite showing a great game in a big tournament like IPL, Dhawan did not get a place in the T20 World Cup for the second consecutive year. Dhawan played his last T20 International match against Sri Lanka in July 2021.

Pant-Rohit-KL performance nothing special

If seen, Indian team management is continuously using KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant as opener in T20 cricket. But both are not able to do anything special. Everyone had seen the condition of the Indian openers in the T20 World Cup. Captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were complete flops in T20 World Cup 2022.

KL Rahul scored a total of 128 runs in 6 matches at an average of 21.33 in the T20 World Cup season. During this, he made only two fifties and both these fifties came against Bangladesh (50) and Zimbabwe (51). Captain Rohit Sharma’s performance was also nothing special. Overall, Rohit Sharma scored 116 runs in the T20 World Cup 2022 at an average of 19.33 in six matches.

Now let’s talk about T20 series against New Zealand. Rishabh Pant was tried as an opener in this series but he proved to be a complete failure. Pant could not even touch the figure of 20 runs in two innings. Overall, Shikhar Dhawan can still solve the problem of opening for the Indian team in T20 cricket.


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