The rain may have calmed Shikhar Dhawan’s nerves or it might have caused him to live on the edge another day. It’s an interesting aspect of life, you wait for something for years and when it presents itself, it is coated with nervousness.
It’s been quite a wait for Dhawan, those dominating knocks at the Under-19 World Cup were so many years ago and were followed by a little time in the wilderness and some eye catching innings in limited overs cricket. And the path was blocked by two Delhi stalwarts who he must have watched closely.
This break comes at an appropriate time for Dhawan for he was reaching that stage when you start questioning yourself and wonder if your ambition will ever bear fruit. I don’t think anyone ever doubted his ability, and the feeling in the cricket world was that he wasn’t becoming as good as he could be; that he was playing eye-catching cricket but not smart enough cricket. Now he gets his opportunity. It isn’t one that has landed in his lap, it is one he has earned and he can be proud of it.
It also comes at a time when India have endured eighteen months with instability at the top. As a corollary, it has coincided with India’s decline as a Test team and that is not surprising. Every good team is built around a pair that plays the new ball well and another that delivers it.
And so Dhawan and Murali Vijay must form an opening partnership that resembles Sehwag and Gambhir who, as the numbers too will tell you, did a tremendous job for India. He will also relish the fact that he will play at two grounds he knows very well, on surfaces that his opponents don’t particularly love and at a time when they are in turmoil.
I’m sure Dhawan would have liked to have made his debut earlier, but given that he didn’t, this is as good a time as any he could have picked.
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