ICC World Cup 2019: Incredible That Shikhar Dhawan Scored Hundred With An Injury – Sunil Gavaskar
The injury to Shikhar Dhawan came as a blow for the team during the crunch situation of the tournament. He injured his finger during the game against Australia, yet, he smashed a century in that game. Meanwhile, the former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar lauds incredible Shikhar Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan is currently with physio Patrick Farhat as Team India wants the opener to be fit before the business end of the tournament. A final call on his availability is likely to be taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on upcoming Tuesday.
Shikhar Dhawan must be truly incredible – Sunil Gavaskar
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar praised Dhawan’s pain threshold, saying it augurs well for India. He believes that Shikhar Dhawan has got the capability and passion to be back to the Indian team for the clash against England.
“The injury to Shikhar Dhawan is a blow. For the left-hander had just stroked a terrific hundred against Australia,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India. “Every individual has a pain threshold and Dhawan must be truly incredible for he had injured his thumb early in the innings and yet batted as if there was no pain.”
”That threshold is what gives hope that he will be ready to play by the time the much-awaited clash with England arrives. The left-hander’s record in ICC games is fantastic. The team management would thus give him every chance to recover and get fit,” Gavaskar said.
Chance to check the number 4 batsman:
Sunil Gavaskar feels the injury is a blessing in disguise. the musical chairs for the number 4 slot will once again begin for the Indian team. Most probably, the first chance would be given to Vijay Shankar, who was announced as the number 4 batsman for the team ahead of the tournament.
Well, there is also a good chance that the Tamil Nadu batsman Dinesh Karthik could get the nod in the playing XI. The experience of Karthik and ability to perform under the pressure would help him get a game.
”So if India is in a similar position then Pandya will once again be the man at four. It’s only if the team loses early wickets. Then, Vijay Shankar might get a go. Shankar batted well against the Kiwis in New Zealand earlier in the year. So, he is familiar with their attack. That should work in his favour,” he added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how the Indian team management would operate things for the upcoming clash against New Zealand. If unfortunately, the game against Kiwis gets washed out, they should make a key change for the high-profile Pakistan clash.
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