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Veteran India opener Shikhar Dhawan had a poor return with the bat during the recently concluded ODI series against Bangladesh. Dhawan managed scores of 7, 8 and 3 as India lost the series 1–2. In the final ODI, young opener Ishan Kishan scored the fastest ODI double century of all time after coming into the side to replace India captain Rohit Sharma, who missed the game due to a thumb injury. Having said that, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was not part of the squad for the series, has raised doubts over Dhawan’s future in the ODI team.
Highlighting the current form of youngsters like Kishan and Gill, Karthik felt that this could be the end of Dhawan’s ‘illustrious ODI career’.
“For the Sri Lanka series, where does Dhawan stand? It will be interesting to see how he leaves Ishan Kishan. Shubman Gill is doing very well. If Rohit Sharma is available, someone will have to be recalled. Is it he ( Dhawan). It could be a sad end to an illustrious career. But there are some questions to be answered for the new selectors. cricbuzz,
With the ODI World Cup in India in 2023, Karthik said that Dhawan might struggle to make it into the playing XI.
“Interestingly, if Shubman Gill was part of the team, he would probably have opened as he has been doing it with confidence for a while now. Ishan Kishan has been given the opportunity, he has taken it with both hands and really Took advantage of it. It is going to cure Shikhar Dhawan,” he said.
Dhawan is a part of India’s ODI setup after being sidelined in both Tests and T20Is. He has also captained the Indian team on a few occasions in the 50-over format.
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