According to a PTI report, the call on the future of the 37-year-old left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs will be taken only after the appointment of the new BCCI selection committee.
On Friday, November 18, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to sack the entire senior men’s selection committee, which was led by Chetan Sharma. Also, the board invited applications for the position of the five men’s national selectors and the deadline for the submission of the applications was November 28.
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Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan registered three single-digit scores in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. In his last ten ODIs, Dhawan has registered scores of 3, 8, 7, 28, 3, 72, 8, 13, 4 and 40.
Overall, the year 2022 has been quite middling for the veteran opener, who has seen a sharp decline in his strike rate. In 22 ODI matches, he has scored 688 runs at an average of 34.4 and a poor strike rate of 74.21, including 6 half-centuries, and his dot ball percentage is 60.
The youngsters Ishan Kishan, who smashed a double century in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh, and Shubman Gill, who has been extremely impressive in ODIs in 2022, are waiting in the wings and it’s difficult for the selection committee to ignore them. Reportedly, the process of phasing out the senior players will start next year.
A call on Shikhar Dhawan’s future will only be taken after new selection committee is appointed – BCCI source
On Sunday, December 11, PTI reported that Shikhar Dhawan’s ODI future will most likely be discussed by the new selection committee, but the views of captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid will also be taken into consideration before making any bold decision.
“A call on Shikhar’s future will only be taken after new selection committee is appointed. But head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma’s views can’t be ignored,” a senior BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Shikhar Dhawan is completely out of India’s scheme of things in T20I cricket and Test cricket and he only plays one format, ODIs, for the Men In Blue. This aspect would also be taken into consideration by the decision-makers.
“There is no substitute of game time. Do you mean to say that Shikhar will start playing ODIs in mid-January without any match practice for next one month. Even Surya is committed to playing Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai as he wants to be in groove.
“You can understand when he is playing multi-formats. So on what basis will you choose him,” a former national selector, who has worked with both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, was quoted as saying by PTI.