IND vs ENG: Shikhar Dhawan unlucky to miss out 1st T20, he will come back strongly, says Deep Dasgupta, Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta feels Shikhar Dhawan has been “unlucky” to miss out Friday’s 1st T20 against England as he did “nothing wrong” to be dropped but one just couldn’t ignore the recent form and exploits of KL Rahul who has been simply outstanding in the shortest format of the game.
“Shikhar has been a fantastic player for the team India and he is such a great cricketer and a person. I think he is a little lucky to be missing out on the 1st ODI. He has done nothing wrong to be not in the playing XI. It’s only that player who is coming in, is in the form of his life. KL Rahul was a phenomenon in last season’s T20. You cannot ignore his performance as well. Suryakumar Yadav is ideally suited at number 4 ahead of Shreyas Iyer. I will pick both of them.
India might go with 2 spinners as of now because Hardik is not bowling. But knowing Shikhar we will come back strongly. He is a big match player who can self motivate. World T20 still has time,” Deep Dasgupta told InsideSport hours before the 1st T20 began on Friday.
“It’s a problem of plenty for Team India. This team is too good. This is probably the best bench strength India had for ages. The series is evenly poised and I think England will come hard at India. But India has very good batting depth and match winners. But India just can’t take England lightly in the shorter format of the game,” former India player observed.
On Varun Chakravarthy failing to clear fitness test, Dasgupta said the onus is on the individual player to clear the fitness level. “I can understand if there is an injury, it’s the responsibility of the entire system — the NCA, the physio and the entire medical team but when it’s the fitness of a player it’s primarily the individual’s responsibility. Not clearing the fitness test is unpardonable for anyone who is aspiring to play for the country. In any case the benchmark is not very high for Indian players. Not being able to run for 2 km in given time is just not acceptable for any sportsman,” he observed.