Although Shekhar Dhawan is currently leading India in the ODI series against the West Indies, The Men in Blue leads 2-0 with only one match remaining; There are still questions raised about what it looks like with a bat.
Dhawan was MVP of the match for his 97 in Trinidad’s first ODI win, but in the next match, he struggled for 31 balls to score 13 runs and go out as India chased 312 runs to win. In the end, India got its half-century thanks from Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samsun and Akshar Patel.
Age is also not on his side as he is 36 years old and will be 37 by the time of the 2023 ODI World Cup. The left-handed is no longer in competition for Tests and T20I and is only left with ODIs as the only format he plays in.
With several opening players including Ishan Keshan vying for a place in the team, former India player Prajyan Ujja has given an opinion on whether Shekhar Dhawan will reach the 15th final of the ODI World Cup in India next year.
“I see the right signs. When you look at a top player you have to see ki unke saath kya kiya jaa raha hai. He’s in the mix [for the 2023 ODI World Cup] And now, when the seniors aren’t there and playing only one format, Toh Unko Kaptan Bhi Banaya Gaya Hai. It’s the captain, the group leader, and the batter that looked rusty in England now looks better… He’s trying to get into that space. Apparently Rohit Sharma wants Shekhar Keunkei Dunno ki Sajdari bhai Itni Achi Hai…” He told cricket journalist Jimmy Alter at a glance.
Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t had a very good ODI series in England despite having 6,435 hits in 154 ODIs with an average of 45.30 and 17 centuries to his name.
They did a great job together: Pragyan Ojha at the opening of a partnership of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma
Only recently, Dhawan and Rohit reunited in their first ODI in England as India hit a 111-point goal after six against Jasprit Bumrah. Dhawan didn’t have much contact in those roles as Rohit Sharma flew a score of 70 niv while Dhawan achieved 31*.
“They both did a great job together. I think in world cricket they are third or fourth. [sic: fourth highest in ODIs as an opening pair] Rohit Sharma believes that if someone has been performing consistently or has been performing well over the years, you can’t just get rid of them. Rohit definitely gives you that pillow which is a good thing, kyunki ICC events ki baat karein toh wahan pe thoda zaroor chahiye.
Oja added that he is confident that Dhawan will be in competition for the 2023 World Cup and compared his situation with MS Dhoni who played the 2019 World Cup despite his 38 years of age.
“Rohit said this and he is sticking with it. I am sure Shekhar will be in the mix unless there is some forced change. I think he is in a very good space and he is physically fit and that is the norm. You can’t just mess with not being fit. If you see MS Dhoni at 40 Or 41, he made a statement where he said that if I was part of a team I may or may not perform, but no one should be able to tell MS Dhoni is unfit. If I am fit, if I run and do everything a young man can do I’m glad I’m doing my best.” he added.