Shikhar Dhawan scored 18 runs in three ODIs against Bangladesh.
The Indian team has started preparing for the ODI World Cup. Although it has not started well. After a crushing defeat to England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, Team India had to face defeat in the ODI series against New Zealand. After this, Bangladesh was in front of Team India. Bangladesh also defeated Rohit Sharma’s team by 2-1.
However, in the last ODI against Bangladesh, the fans of India must have forgotten the previous defeat. In this match, India batted first and put a mountain of 409 runs on the board. In this match, young opener Ishaan Kishan once again gave proof of his ability to everyone by playing an innings of 210 runs. Ishaan got the chance because Captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to injury. The difficulties of the selectors have increased due to Ishaan’s innings.
Before the ODI World Cup, Team India has four openers. Only two will play, and only three will have a place in the squad. These four names are Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma will definitely play, and the form of Ishaan and Shubman has been excellent. Talking about Shikhar Dhawan, he has only one fifty in his last 10 innings. Shikhar, 37, has been able to score only 186 runs in these 10 matches. In six of these innings, he could not even cross the figure of 10.
Keeping in view the ODI World Cup, Dinesh Karthik has said a big thing about the problem and selection of openers. Seeing Dhawan’s poor form, Karthik believes that he may not be selected for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Talking to Cricbuzz, Karthik said –
Where does Dhawan stand when it comes to the Sri Lanka series? It will be interesting to see whether Ishaan Kishan is selected or not. Shubman Gill has done consistently well. If Rohit Sharma makes a comeback, then someone will have to be dropped. This name can be of Shikhar Dhawan. This could be a sad end to an illustrious career. The new selectors have many big questions.
Karthik further said that if Shubman Gill had been selected for the ODI series against Bangladesh, he would have replaced Rohit. Karthik also praised Ishaan for making good use of the opportunity. he adds –
Interestingly, if Shubman Gill was a part of the squad, he would have opened instead of Rohit, as he has been doing since the past. Ishaan Kishan took great advantage of the opportunity. Shikhar Dhawan’s problems have increased due to this.
Karthik further said on Ishaan’s innings –
It is good to see that someone comes and says honestly – If I had kept batting, I could have made 300 also, but it did not happen. It also shows his hunger. There are many keepers who are getting chances, and they are also part of the same group. Now he has opened his door and said – I am ready. are you looking at me
Sri Lanka’s India tour is to start from 3 January 2023. The T20 series of the first three matches will be played. After this, three ODIs are also to be played. The first ODI World Cup will be played in Assam on 10 January.