- Former cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth is disappointed with opener Shikhar Dhawan’s batting
- He has insisted on the opening of KL Rahul by dropping Shikhar Dhawan in T20.
- Shikhar Dhawan played 41 runs in 42 balls in the first T20 played in Delhi.
- He has also advocated trying wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at number four.
Former cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth has given a big statement on Shikhar Dhawan for Rajkot T20 International. He suggested to Team India that poor in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan should be dropped from the team, while KL Rahul should play in the opening slot.
He said in the column written for ‘Times of India’ – If T20 World Cup is in your mind, then you will have to do such experiments.
Srikant said K Rahul do openings and exclude Dhawan
He wrote about the 41-run slow innings played by Shikhar Dhawan in 42 balls – The team management will have to watch the combination. In the recent past, the Indian team has failed to score as expected in the Powerplay.
Shocked by Shikhar’s batting approach
Srikanth, a veteran cricketer of his time, said on Shikhar Dhawan’s batting approach, “I am surprised at his batting approach.” Despite being a senior member, he is unable to play his natural game in the field. Rohit should have an aggressive batsman in the opening, who can take advantage of the powerplay.
Feed pant at number four
Talking about Rishabh Pant’s batting order, he wrote – When Virat Kohli is out, I would like to play Rishabh Pant at the fourth number. Actually, break the top-4 formula and win the T20. If India can correct their top order, then I am confident that they will do well in the World Cup.
Compare to dhoni
He gave the example of his cricketing days, ‘In my time Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar always supported me and allowed me to play freely. I think Saha is fine for the test, but Pant should get opportunities for the white ball. He needs more support. His comparison with Dhoni should also stop.