Shikhar Dhawan not suitable for T20Is? You can’t utter that says Mohammad Kaif

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Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif believes selection committees can never be completely certain of their decisions.Kaif said about the current risk of athletes being labelled. He used Shikhar Dhawan as an example in response to that query.

Coaches, selectors, and team management are aware of which players can play in several formats and which cannot, but they can never be completely certain of their choices. Discuss Shikhar Dhawan. You can’t claim Shikhar Dhawan can’t play T20 Internationals if you say that. Are you telling me that despite having accumulated 6000 IPL runs (or 6244 runs) he is not suitable for India’s T20Is? No. There are so many players and possibilities available that it is impossible for them (selectors, coaches, etc.) to always make the appropriate decision.

In the instance of Shikhar Dhawan, I wholeheartedly concur that he has the potential to excel in both T20 internationals and Test matches. Then you mention Shikhar Dhawan’s strike rate, oh yeah. Ishan Kishan, for example, can play considerably faster (and with a better strike rate) than Shikhar Dhawan, therefore let’s play him if you have determined that you have a replacement (for someone like Dhawan).

However, I believe Shikhar Dhawan to be a good white ball cricket player. We have been watching him in the IPL, where he consistently scores 500 to 600 runs for the team (he plays for). As a selector, you cannot always be certain,” Kaif remarked.

Shikhar Dhawan is a prime example, in fact. He would be welcomed with open arms by the majority of IPL teams. Dhawan scored 618 runs in the IPL’s 2020 season, with two hundreds and four fifty-sevens. His average was 44.14.

He scored 587 runs in 2021. He amassed 460 runs in the current season. He has 6244 career IPL runs, averaging above 35, in total. Yet he is not frequently selected for India’s T20I teams. He last participated in a T20 International in July 2021 while India was on tour in Sri Lanka, leading a B string side. Since then, India has participated in eight T20 tournaments, including the most recent T20 World Cup, which was held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Shikhar was not a member of any of those squads.

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