Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had just stated that using Shikhar Dhawan’s injury on a practice wicket before the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia as an excuse for India’s dramatic collapse Saturday morning is simply not acceptable. It is noteworthy to mention that Dhawan was unbeaten on 26 overnight but his injury before the start of play meant Virat Kohli had to bat instead.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had said Kohli got only five to seven minutes to prepare himself mentally. This had led to his dismissal for 1 off 11 balls which in turn triggered a debacle. Commenting on this Gavaskar opined, “Well let’s not make that as an excuse. A person who has got a hundred in each innings in the previous Test should have been prepared. Dhawan’s injury in the morning before play started was unfortunate but pain is an individual thing. It is hard for anyone else to say whether Dhawan was uncomfortable enough to bat.”
Earlier Dhoni had claimed there was unrest in the dressing-room after Dhawan copped the blow. He had mentioned that there was lack of communication on who would step out to bat with Cheteshwar Pujara and that had an adverse effect on the Kohli’s batting performance.
Criticizing this Gavaskar said:
“Opening batsmen do not get seven to eight minutes. Never look at seven minutes’ preparation time as an excuse. Since I was present in the dressing-room, it is hard to say what kind of unrest it had been in.”
However, Gavaskar also seemed to defend Dhoni by adding, “Maybe Dhoni suggested that had Dhawan, who was batting well last night, been able to carry on this morning, it would have been good for India.”
But this is high time for team India to focus on the game instead of indulging in petty issues. The game is still open for India to equalize the series and all they have got to do is to stay positive as we have not got much to lose. A face saving of having 2-2 end result will work as a booster for the upcoming series.
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