IND vs SL: Shikhar Dhawan’s ODI Career All But Over: Sources. Veteran Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan was not included in the ODI squad announced by BCCI for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka. The series comprises three ODIs and as many ODIs. The three T20Is will be played on January 3, 5, and 7 followed by the three ODIs on 10, 12, and 15. Dhawan recently led India in the ODI series against New Zealand which India won 1-0.
Shikhar Dhawan has struggled with his form in ODIs in 2022. His average of 34.40 and strike rate of 74.21 in 2022 are the lowest he has registered ever since his comeback in 2013. He last played Test cricket for India in 2018 and T20I cricket for India in 2021 in the away tour against Sri Lanka.
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Sources close to Cricketaddictor have confirmed that Dhawan’s ODI career is almost over as far as the opinion of the current selection committee is concerned. The selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma have been given an extended period till the 3rd round of Ranji Trophy matches which will be their final assignment.
As far as Shikhar Dhawan’s ODI numbers in 2022 are concerned, he scored 688 runs in 22 matches this year at an average of 34.40, the lowest since his comeback into ODI cricket in 2013. He scored his last ODI century back in 2019. This year he has scored six fifty-plus scores.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) panel headed by Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjpe, and Sulakshna Naik will meet to review the applications for the next panel of selectors on December 29.
The current selection committee selected the squads for the SL series and have unanimously decided to drop the senior players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Shikhar Dhawan.
The sources close to Cricketaddictor have further confirmed that his return to ODI cricket will heavily depend on how soon the board will form the new selection committee and whether they will want Dhawan to make a comeback in ODI cricket aging 37 at the moment.
With the management having enough young players at their disposal in ODI cricket, the rise of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan might make it difficult for Dhawan to be reconsidered for a recall in ODIs. While Gill has averaged over 70 with a strike rate of 102.57 in 2022, Kishan recently became just the fourth Indian batter to smash a double ton in ODI cricket.
India’s ODI Squad for Sri Lanka
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh
India’s T20I Squad For Sri Lanka Series
Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar