'Dhawan's approach in T20I baffles me'

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 07, 2019 17:08 hrs
Dhawan s approach in T20s baffles me

Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels that India's unexpected loss to Bangladesh (first in nine T20Is) should be accepted as part of the learning as the men-in-blue experiment in order to a build a strong side ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“The defeat in Delhi should not lead to any knee-jerk reaction. With the T20 World Cup in mind, these experiments are required and if you’re not fielding the best side, a reversal has to be accepted as part of the learning,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for the Times of India.

Having said that, Srikkanth opined that India have to re-look the combination at the top.

“The team management must find a settled combination sooner than later. Workload management is also vital, so the think tank does have their work cut out. As often in the past, India failed to accelerate during Powerplay. Rohit Sharma often makes it up but Shikhar Dhawan does fail to shift gears when required and that has cost the team.”

With Dhawan's inability to shift gears in the shortest format, the former India cricketer feels that the men-in-blue must look for an alternative if Dhawan fails to play his natural game.

“What baffles me is the approach of Dhawan. His inability to go out and play his natural game despite being a senior member is hurting the team. I will stick my neck out and field KL Rahul as an opener in this format. Along with Rohit, the team will have two explosive batsmen when field restrictions are in place,” he added.

Srikkanth extended his support to under-fire Rishabh Pant, adding that the wicket-keeper batsman should be given a fair run at No.4.

“With Virat Kohli firm at one-drop, I would like to see Rishabh Pant to be given an extended run at four. Let’s face it, the top-four make or break games in T20s. Once we have settled batsmen who are assured of their roles, I am sure India will do well in the World Cup,”.

“I do understand the logic behind (Wriddhiman) Saha taking over in Test cricket, but Pant should be the primary pick in white-ball cricket. Any comparison to MS Dhoni should stop. It is not doing the youngster any good and players like Dhoni are once in a generation,” Srikkanth signed off.