Swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan has been on the wrong side off the radar of the Test squad since his poor outings during India’s tour of England in 2018. The selectors have approached youngsters to find stability in the top-order. But Dhawan has not lost all his hopes and stated that he is working hard to make a comeback.
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The 33-year-old Delhi cricketer played his last Test when India played their last and final against England at the Oval in 2018. Shikhar Dhawan struggled to tackle the swing of James Anderson and Stuart Broad scoring only 162 runs from four matches at an average of just over 20.
Dhawan, who is a regular in the limited-overs, also averages only 40 from the 34 Tests he has played in comparison to almost 45 in the ODIs. India have been in search of stability in the opening slot for quite a few years and finally look to settle things with Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal showing signs of solving long-time problems.
But Shikhar Dhawan still harbours the dream of making a comeback in the Test side. The southpaw said that he is working hard and will play in the Ranji Trophy this year to come back to the red-ball format. But things look gloomy for the veteran cricketer. Dhawan needs to really make it big in the domestic competition to be in the books of the selectors.
“Absolutely looking to get back. I am always on for Test cricket and when I get the opportunity (in domestic cricket) I will be playing. I will play Ranji Trophy when I am free. I will not sit at home. When I am not playing all the three formats, I will definitely play domestic cricket,” Dhawan told IANS.
Meanwhile, India will script history when they host Bangladesh in the first-ever day-night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata starting from November 22. Since taking over as BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly was keen to host a day-night Test considering that this is the way forward. He got India skipper Virat Kohli on the same page after a green signal from Bangladesh Cricket Board, BCCI is leaving no stones unturned to make it a huge success.
However, Shikhar Dhawan will not be a part of the historic match. But the cricketer has no regrets over the same and currently looks to bounce back.
“No regrets on missing out. Not there, so might as well accept it and move on. I have accepted it and am working hard to come back strongly,” Dhawan concluded.