Shikhar Dhawan after scoring century in fist test match against Sri Lanka in Galle. Shikhar Dhawan, the GABBAR (Haughty) of Indian cricket once again making his impact on the field like a blazing sword in a fight. He again showed that his time is still on the cards , when India selectors started looking on for some younger players to replace him.
Incidentally he got a place in Champions Trophy squad (thanks to KL Rahul’s unavailability) after a decent showcase of his batting skills in IPL 10 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. First he scored well almost in every game of the Champions Trophy 2017. then back to back half centuries in West Indies followed by a thunderous 190 on the very first day of his incoming test match (again thanks to KL Rahul’s unavailability).
The way he played in some past months and very importantly the way he carried himself when he got dropped from Indian national team is worth praising . He is a strong character on and off the field , he is the aggressor who can take the pressure off the team like he does in the first innings of the first test match against Sri Lanka when Pujara was not looking good in the start , Pujara spent his time on the pitch knowing that Shikhar Dhawan is hitting really good and consequently even Pujara started middling the ball well after spending some time.
But the question that still arises is that – Is Shikhar Dhawan good enough for the longer formats too?? Is he capable of playing for long time in the longest format of the game?? Are these innings are just sporadically??
Analyzing his current ODI form and recent shows in international cricket , there are very slight chances of anyone opposing his stature in the ODI squad but same is not the case in the test match cricket.The way he has given his wicket away in the past test matches has been worrying his fans and cricket experts alike . String of soft dismissals – mistimed pulls, prods to short balls outside the off stump and manic attempts to hit his way out of trouble. With only a single half century in the last 8 test matches before the ongoing test series against Sri Lanka, also fueled this question? But, getting on his form again , he now looks on a different level -high on confidence , clear minded , more focused and more energetic than ever.
Obviously some time away from international cricket hurt him but also learn him more about himself – the art of knowing your own game. Does he really needs to look into the more technical aspects in his style of batting ? I don’t think so, he can and is improving whatever he can but there is no need for him to change his style of batting for test cricket after what we just witnessed on 26th of July .
Steve Smith, Virender Sehwag ,MS Dhoni are a few to name in this category of pretty unconventional in their own style or technique who still succeed or succeeding in their respective careers. So what it needed to become influence in test matches regardless of special marked traditional technical qualities .It is Temperament ,Mind set of a player which makes an ordinary one into a special breed.Started to learn and understand your own game that you cannot be like someone else , you are what you are .
Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina are some of the players who tried too much in the longer form of the game , trying to limit themselves and playing in an unfamiliar way for themselves.That is why one needs to be natural in his own way and that is what Shikhar Dhawan is doing , that is what Viru has done , that is what Smith is doing,playing his natural game .
This might be the time that will decide his future prominently in test team among the real heck of competition from his teammates fighting for the opening spots in the team. Some questions are also there.-is he capable of scoring in overseas conditions in test matches where he failed miserably in the past just like what he did in England in Champions Trophy 2017 in limited overs of cricket ,for these there are many opportunities coming on his way for the upcoming overseas tour, only time will tell .But this is something different.
We hope that Shikhar Dhawan will continue playing like this and keep entertaining us for a long.
Writer :- ANSHUL GALAV
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