Mohammad Kaif questioned selectors over Shikhar Dhawan’s repeated rejection of T20s

T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan is considered only in ODI format. He was ignored by the selectors when it came to…

T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan is only considered in ODI format. He was ignored by selectors in T20 and Test cricket. But former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has questioned the repeated omission of the southpaw from the Indian team in the shorter format. Kaif pointed to his IPL record, suggesting that he is also a quality T20 player. Follow T20 World Cup 2022 live updates with InsideSport.IN

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Dhawan, who is part of the Indian ODI team in Zimbabwe, has been overlooked by the selectors for over a year in T20 cricket. He last played against Sri Lanka in July 2021.

T20 World Cup: Former player Mohammad Kaif questions selectors over Shikhar Dhawan's repeated T20 rejections, says 'every year he scores 500-600 runs in IPL, you can't be sure as a selector'
T20 World Cup: Former player Mohammad Kaif questions selectors over Shikhar Dhawan’s repeated T20 rejections, says ‘every year he scores 500-600 runs in IPL, you can’t be sure as a selector’

However, if one looks at the IPL records, he is one of the most consistent players in the league. He has scored more than 350 runs in the last seven editions of the IPL, which only makes one wonder why the southpaw has been overlooked. It is important to note that most of the players join the Indian team based on their IPL show.

Kaif is very clear about his views. He said that Dhawan can still play in the T20 format and his IPL record is proof. Overall, he scored 6244 runs in 206 matches, which is impressive.

“They (coaches, selectors and team management) know (who can be multi-format players and who can’t), but they can’t really be sure about the decisions they make. About Shikhar Dhawan. If you tell me Shikhar Dhawan can’t play T20 – you can’t. He got 6000 IPL runs (6244 runs) in IPL and you are telling me he is not good in T20 for India? no There are so many players, so many options, so it doesn’t mean they (selectors, coaches etc) are making the right call all the time,” Kaif said in a Times of India podcast.

“I think Shikhar Dhawan is a good player in white ball cricket. We have been seeing him in the IPL – every year he gets 500, 600 runs for the franchise (he plays). So as a selector you can’t always be sure.”

Why are the selectors ignoring him? However, there may be various reasons for opt-outs. There is strong competition in the top order and especially for the opener slot. Another major factor could be his brand of cricket.

A player is not someone who goes into attack from one ball. The current team plays an aggressive brand of cricket. The management is preparing for the future by looking at new legs without anyone at 37 in T20 cricket.

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