Ind vs Eng 3rd T20 – Is it end of road for Shikhar Dhawan’s T20 World Cup Dreams? Ishan Kishan’s quickfire fifty in the second T20 international between India and England has made Shikhar Dhawan’s road to comeback in the Indian T20 scheme of things very tough. Ishan has been talked about as a talent ever since his age-group days, but there was a small chink in his armour. The youngster had problems with knowing when to attack and when to defend. But all of this seemed to fade away after he guided India to a seven-wicket win with an impressive 56 off 32 balls.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who weaved a 94 off 54 balls partnership with the left-handed batsman, was amongst the first to credit Ishan for the win. “Special mention Ishan, the way he batted,” Kohli said at the presentation. “Changed the game completely. We were one down for nothing. I tried to do what I can but then he totally took the game away from the opposition. Kept following his instinct. Quality batting on debut.”
Ishan’s rise has put Dhawan in a very-very difficult situation. The Delhi-born has been India’s match-winner at the ICC events, but with a dip in form new names making way into the squad, team management might have to make some very tough calls in the coming days.
Ind vs End 3rd T20: Ishan Kishan arrivess, where Shikhar Dhawan in Indian XI stands?
- Dhawan’s biggest plus for India is his attacking style at the top as well as the advantage of being a left-hander.
- In comparison, Ishan Kishan is more attacking in his approach. With him, Right & Left hander combine at the top remains intact
- Dhawan dismantles bowlers at the top and his temperament is top class. Kishan is capable of destroying attacks – but temperament will only be gauged when he encounters tougher situations than what he was on Sunday.
- Ishan Kishan’s 6 hitting ability is a big plus over Dhawan. His 30 sixes in IPL & 4 vs Eng in 2nd T20 is a big proof of the same.
- Another plus which Kishan brings to the table is – his skills as a specialist Wicketkeeper. He can be a great back-up for Rishabh Pant.
It’s clear Dhawan has a tough competition now with Ishan Kishan’s arrival.
Trusting a game he honed under the strict guidance of four-time IPL (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians (MI), Ishan was the biggest difference between India and England. He showed all the ‘X-factor’ qualities Kohli has been so vocal about.
“When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he has, against quality bowlers, we’ve seen him hit international fast bowlers for big sixes,” Kohli said.
“He’s a fearless character. He should continue to back his instincts. We had a conversation out in the middle where he understood and analysed the game very smartly. He knew he was hitting the ball well so he kept taking his chances. But he was calculated. He wasn’t reckless. And that’s what you want to see in youngsters. Coming in, looking composed, still backing themselves but being aware of what the situation of the game is and I think today that counterattacking innings of his and our partnership [94 runs off 54 balls] was something that the team needed and he provided that for the team.”
Ind vs Eng 3rd T20: Ishan Kishan’s arrival can be bad news for Rahul too?
Rahul too now faces stiff competition from Ishan. The Karnataka batsman has not been able to play to his potential in the series so far. In the two games he has played, Rahul walked back on a golden duck.
Rohit, who was rested for the first two games against England, is certain to be in Indian Team for the T20 World Cup in October. But out of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul & Ishan Kishan – team management will have to leave out 1. In the current scheme of things, Kishan will have little advantage over his senior counterparts.