England vs India 2018: 5th Test – Ajit Agarkar Questions the Positions of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in the Team
Former India cricketer Ajit Agarkar recently questioned the position of team India openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in the playing XI in the ongoing series against England.
Meanwhile, it was the same old story for the Indian openers as they failed to put up a good start. Barring the Trent Bridge Test, no other match has witnessed Indian top-order providing a healthy start.
So much so, Ajit Agarkar has raised whether it is worth to persist with the incumbent openers. On the other, the selectors dropped Murali Vijay after a string of poor scores in the opening games.
“Yes conditions have been difficult for the openers, but it’s five Tests now and that is more than some other players would get an opportunity. I mean, Vijay went back after three Tests, who has arguably been India’s most successful openers in recent times. So it is time to question whether is worth persisting with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul,” said Agarkar on ESPN Cricinfo.
Dhawan’s poor start to the series urged India to drop him for the second Test before he persisted with from the third Test onwards.
He managed to amass 161 runs in seven innings at an average of 23. On the other hand, KL Rahul, who played all the matches in the series so far scored only 150 runs in seven innings at an average of 16.67.
Ajit Agarkar questioned the worth of carrying Shikhar Dhawan on overseas tours as it has been another failure for him.
“For Dhawan, it has been another failure for him overseas. Yes sometimes its a gut feeling from the coach that you want to persist with some guys, but for Dhawan, it is a clear pattern of not succeeding overseas. Similarly for Rahul and it is indeed a big series,” he concluded.
India is staring another defeat as they are currently at 174 for six at the end of second day’s play in reply to England’s 332 in the first essay.
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