The fans slammed Shikhar Dhawan after the opener failed once again in the ongoing fifth England vs India Test at the Oval.
Shikhar Dhawan completely failed to prove his credentials in overseas Tests in the ongoing England vs India Test series. There were questions over his ability to deal with the red-ball in testing conditions and Dhawan has not quite managed to prove his detractors wrong.
Dhawan had lost his place in the playing eleven after flopping in South Africa earlier this year. However, a quickfire century against Afghanistan at home helped him earn a recall in the playing eleven.
But Dhawan was not a certainty to open in the first innings after bagging a pair in the warm-up match against a second-string Essex side. The southpaw had faced just four deliveries in the warm-up game. That performance further tarnished his image as a Test batsman in overseas conditions.
However, the team gambled on him and it backfired. In both innings, Dhawan looked quite lost against swinging deliveries and ended up poking at the deliveries that was moving away outside off stump. In the first innings, he got the start and was batting on 26 before poking at an away going delivery from Sam Curran. He struggled in the second innings too as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to the wicketkeeper after scoring 13.
Consequently, he lost his place in the team for the Lord’s Test. But he made a comeback in the team after Murali Vijay flopped. In his comeback game, he had a few good starts but couldn’t capitalise on them. Then innings of 23 and 17 in the fourth game has further piled pressure on him.
But he managed to retain his place in the playing eleven for the ongoing game. However, he once again failed to deliver, getting out for just 3.
And it was enough for the fans to jump to action as they berated him on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions from the fans for Shikhar Dhawan’s failure in the fifth England vs India Test:
Does anyone need more convincing Shikhar Dhawan will never be a red ball player in conditions outside the subcontinent? Please he shouldnt play West Indies and score hundreds and get to play Aus again!!
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 8, 2018
— KedarHirve (@KedarHirve) September 8, 2018
Sunil Gavaskar has been a supporter of shikhar dhawan, like forever!
I understand he has business interests with him,of course! Now let's wait to hear gavaskar's "expert" Opinion about his pet's utter failure!#ENGvsIND
— Subin Bindu Surendran (@yesbeyesOO7) September 8, 2018
Shikhar dhawan! Why not Ashwin in his place?
— Subramoney.com (@pvsubramanyam) September 8, 2018
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 8, 2018
Hopefully this would be last test series of Shikhar Dhawan… #ENGvIND
— Ekita (@LostByWaves) September 8, 2018
— Shiv Dhawan (@shivdhawan10) September 8, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan has batted pretty much blamelessly in his last three innings, and he's made 23, 17 and 3. Batting against the new ball can be cruel.
— Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) September 8, 2018
@SDhawan25 "Shikhar Dhawan" Will India give another chance to Shikhar dhawan in friendly home condition where surely he will score as he is a flat pitch bully. Or we say enough is enough and go with Rahul and Prithvi. #IndvsEng #ENGvIND
— Vikrant Panwar (@vikilasha) September 8, 2018
@BCCI why the hell Shikhar Dhawan is still in playing 11..there are much more talented opener that should have been given a chance…when there is talk of dropping him he makes a hundred and be in team without scroing runs till next talks of dropping him
— saurabh birthalia (@sauvi85) September 8, 2018
England tail can bat better than Shikhar Dhawan; terrible fielder as well. Put him on the next flight home asap. #ENGvIND
— Shelley Singh (@singhshelleyET) September 8, 2018