‘Would keep him in the mix’: Former Indian cricketers Anshuman Gaekwad and Saba Karim back Shikhar Dhawan for Indian tour to South Africa

Since his injury at the 2019 ODI World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan has struggled to find a regular place in the Indian squad playing XI, with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma being the preferred openers. The swashbuckling hitter was also excluded from this year’s T20 World Cup squad. Despite his erratic form lately, former Indian cricketers Anshuman Gaekwad and Saba Karim feel that Dhawan deserves a chance to compete for a spot on the White Balls squad because of his experience and quality. With the next ODI World Cup slated for 2023, the 36-year-old hopes to secure opportunities and cement his place in the squad.

Speaking to Sportsstar, Gaekwad said: “It all depends on how the coaches see it. I believe form can change but class stays, and hitters like Shikhar only need a good inning to make it happen. hit form. Sometimes you have a bad pass and it has happened to the best of players including Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath. In this phase, no matter what you try, you just don’t get the result. “

“At times like this it’s important to do some soul-searching. You can’t exactly determine what it is – whether it’s mental, technical – and things like that happen. You have to hang in there and make sure that a round is coming soon. If need be, take a break and start over “.

India is expected to tour South Africa from December 26, where it will play three test matches and three ODIs. Gaekwad thinks Dhawan deserves a chance for the matches against South Africa.

“He’s not in the best of shape, but a great game player like him brings that experience in the batting department which is very crucial in South African conditions. He could turn the game around him. and guide the young, ”he said.

“I believe in horses for lessons, but at the same time you have to give importance to the experience … And a player like Shikhar has that quality,” he added.

Meanwhile, former cricketer and former national manager Saba Karim believes Dhawan has a lot of competition for a place in the India XI, especially from the youngsters. But Karim also believes Dhawan should feature in the next tour and could improve his form.

“This is what makes the draw more difficult and exciting. There have been phases in the past where Shikhar was under pressure, but he did pretty well. Such healthy competitions should inspire Shikhar to do well. do, ”said Karim.

Like Gaekwad, Karim also added that Dhawan’s experience might come in handy.

“At least for South Africa I would keep it in the mix and see how it goes for the next two sets,” he said.

Dhawan was also not selected for the recent T20I home series against New Zealand which India won under new full-time white ball captain Rohit Sharma. He currently plays in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy with Delhi, but only managed to register 26 points in three matches.

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