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India is all set to take on Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the recent upcoming Nidahas T20I Tri-series after dominating performance in South Africa.
Rohit Sharma will be leading team India as the selectors decided to rest some key players after the long tour to South Africa. This certainly gives chance too many youngsters to represent the nation and to show case their talent in the international arena.
India legend Sunil Gavaskar added a column in Times of India, he wrote, “It is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters like Mohammad Shiraz, Rishab Pant, Deepak Hooda to serve notice of their talent and temperament, and for senior pros like (Suresh) Raina and (Dinesh) Karthik to show that their selection is justified.”
Gavaskar also wrote about Mayank Agarwal not getting picked after such an impressive domestic season in all formats, “As always the selection of a team means some in-form players who have done well in the domestic season won’t find a place in the squad. Mayank Agarwal has had a fabulous season in all three formats of the game but still is not in the team. This has happened to many players in the past where it’s been impossible to dislodge the established ones in the team.”
He continued, “What’s been interesting though in this debate about Agarwal’s exclusion is the name of the player that those backing him wanted dropped, rested, whatever. As always Shikhar Dhawan’s name is top of the list and while he could hardly be dropped on form, Agarwal’s backers wanted him rested.”
Speaking about favouritism towards Rohit Sharma instead of Shikhar Dhawan, Gavaskar wrote, “Why Dhawan, why not Rohit Sharma? After all Rohit played more matches than Dhawan in South Africa. Not for a moment it is being advocated that Sharma should be dropped but it’s only to bring out that when the axe is to be wielded then Dhawan invariably tops the list. That’s why the left-hander has to realise that getting brilliant 70s and 80s is not going to save his place.”
Gavaskar further added, “Only hundreds will and so like Virat Kohli hardly plays a lofted shot even in limited overs cricket and gets to 100s, Dhawan also has to ensure he eliminates the risky lofted shots and gets hundreds. His scoring rate is tremendous anyway so that will not drop down but his centuries will increase and the usual call to leave him out will decrease.”