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Sunil Gavaskar Not Pleased With the Exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan from Squad

Sunil Gavaskar Not Pleased With the Exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan from Squad

India lost the first Test against England at Edgbaston and it was expected that they will make some changes to their squad in the second Test at Lord’s.

Cricket news: Dhawan has scored more runs than Vijay, then why is he dropped, says Gavaskar

As expected during the toss Virat Kohli said that the management has decided to add Cheteshwar Pujara and Kuldeep Yadav at the cost of Shikhar Dhawan.

While many have wanted to see Kuldeep in the whites again but many experts like the former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar did not expect to see Dhawan getting axed.

Dhawan looked very much positive in the Edgbaston Test with his footwork, shots and also by the way he got out while trying to play the shot.

Gavaskar thinks that Dhawan was made the scapegoat as he had scored more runs (26 and 13) than his opening partner Murali Vijay (20 and 6).

The legendary player also said that if the management does not give Dhawan more than a Test, then he does not find the point of choosing him in the squad for overseas tour.

“I don’t agree with this decision (to drop Shikhar Dhawan). Shikhar Dhawan is always being made the scapegoat. In the last match, he scored more runs than Murali Vijay. It is not right to drop him after every match. If you have to drop him after every match, why do you take him on tour?,” Gavaskar said while speaking on Sony during the broadcast.

The management had decided to use KL Rahul as the opener and Cheteshwar Pujara was slotted in the No. 3 spot.

Former Indian player VVS Laxman has also agreed with Gavaskar. He said all the four openers in the likes of Vijay, Dhawan, Rahul and Pujara have almost same average in overseas conditions. So if Dhawan is considered as a failure, then so are all.

“I am really surprised at why the axe has to fall on Shikhar Dhawan and not the other batsmen. When the numbers say that it’s not only Dhawan who has been struggling since 2015 overseas, it’s all the top four batsmen. Yes, he didn’t have the numbers backing him but neither did the other three batsmen,” Laxman said while talking on ESPNCricinfo.

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

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1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75