Cricket News: The first match of the three-match Test series between India and South Africa will be contested on December 26 at Centurion. The first Test match in Centurion is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. IST. Rohit Sharma is out due to injury in this Test series. But the selectors have not named an experienced opener to replace him. A player is not allowed to participate in any of the three formats. By not selecting this batsman, the selectors made a huge mistake. The batsman, who was overlooked by the selectors, is adept in stormy batting, similar to Rohit Sharma.
This 35-year-old cricketer is not paid by the selectors
Shikhar Dhawan, 35, was once considered a major match-winner for Team India, but the selectors have been denying this batsman a chance in Test, ODI, and T20 cricket for a long time. For Shikhar Dhawan, the Test team’s doors were closed owing to Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul.
Shikhar Dhawan, 35, was also dropped from the ODI and T20 teams due to this. KL Rahul is getting more chances in the ODI and T20 teams in place of Shikhar Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan was recently overlooked for the T20 World Cup, the New Zealand series, and the South Africa tour.
This BCCI judgement comes as a surprise
Shikhar Dhawan’s last ODI and T20I appearance for India was in July 2021. The BCCI appointed him skipper of India’s young ODI and T20 teams during this time. Dhawan did not return to Team India after this series. In terms of Test cricket, Dhawan last appeared for India in red-ball cricket in 2018.
This player is a game-changer
Shikhar Dhawan’s statistics show that he is the best player in all formats of cricket. Shikhar Dhawan has scored more than 2300 runs in 34 Test matches at an average of 41, including 7 hundred, yet it appears that the selectors misjudged Dhawan.
Test cricket is on the verge of being phased out
After Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul solidified their places as Test openers, Shikhar Dhawan’s return to the Test lineup appears improbable. Dhawan hasn’t played in a Test match since 2018, and he hasn’t been invited to play in any Test series since then. Following the tour of England in August of this year, Dhawan was not even selected for the tour of South Africa. Thus it’s logical that his Test career is now over.