Honestly, the basic question popping up in the mind of millions of the fans of the game is that whether Shikhar Dhawan is past his prime? And why not? Despite the number of chances given to him, he has failed miserably every time.
On a personal note, I find it quite strange that he does not appear to mend his ways. Perhaps he has got nothing much to display! Otherwise how come an opener liable to build an inning plays in such a casual and irresponsible manner? He needs to understand that in the international cricket, mood, temperament and attitude do not pay.
During his last 5 innings, he could score only 39 runs. Thus, the average comes to less than 8 runs per innings. His body language does not seem to be very encouraging. His self-esteem and confidence has apparently been vanished.
I remember a former cricketer Sadgopan Ramesh who had difficulties in moving his feet and nowadays Dhawan reminds me of Ramesh. In other terms, this is called laziness. When you play a shot without synchronizing the whole movement, the result has got to be disastrous!
In fact, many of the supporters have started to believe that he is only good for flat Indian pitches and on any given track getting reasonable bounce, he will face difficulty.
He is kind of an adamant person who has lost his rhythm totally as time and again he has shown his temptation of poking at the deliveries going far away from him. When one repeatedly gives a simple catch to the fielder at slips or to the wicket keeper, this certainly puts up a big question mark not only on his ability to judge the ball, but also shows his lost control over nerves!
It is not very unusual that when an opener fails to perform, his stress increases multi-fold and his non-performance very often results in leaving extra burden on the players following him in the line-up. This destabilizes the whole batting line up.
Shikhar Dhawan knows this jolly well that he is already 29 and given his recent inconsistent and poor performance, he has got last few opportunities to reestablish himself but in the process, he has lost his focus. Even if he does well in the match against England on coming Friday, his overall performance needs to be taken into consideration as right now we have got a hell lot of suitable replacements readily available.
This is high time to take a few tough decisions for the betterment of the Indian cricket as we cannot take chances in the sword edged competition out there in the toughest encounter called the World Cup.