Shikhar Dhawan Makes A Comeback To The Test Side – Career Timeline
The unforeseen wrist injury to India’s ever reliable Test opener M. Vijay, has provided a breakthrough for the ever flamboyant and jovial Shikhar Dhawan. Having begun his career as Vijay’s opening partner, Dhawan Test career didn’t see as many sparks as his ODI career did. The southpaw has often been extremely inconsistent in this form of the game and his underwhelming numbers just suggest that.
Despite a few extremely positive knocks, it’s fair to admit that Dhawan hasn’t made the full use of all chances presented to him. With the Karnataka genius in the form of KL Rahul emerging, Dhawan even lost his place in the squad and was overlooked for the home assignments for the previous season against England and Australia.
The upcoming six weeks however, could be extremely crucial and could well define the Delhi lad’s Test career. Having been named as Vijay’s replacement, Dhawan himself will be aware of the fact that this could well turn out to be his last chance in the particular format. A batting average of 38.52 is far from justifying his talent and given the skewness of his statistics, it doesn’t portray a decent picture of the left hander.
However, being the genuine and determined fighter that he is, Dhawan could well turn on the tables in the time to follow. Given his sheer talent and experience in the First Class arena, the left hander has the attributes needed to succeed at the highest level.
With another chance in store for him, below, we have a look at Dhawan’s Test career timeline, and how his career has shaped up so far.
February 2013 – Selected in the Indian squad for the Border Gavaskar Trophy at home. Overlooked for the first two Tests in Chennai and Hyderabad.
March 2013 – Makes his Test debut at Mohali in the third game of the series. Scores a record breaking 187, as he bludgeons the Kangaroos to record the fastest ever Test ton on debut. However, during the second innings, is injured in the outfield and fractures a finger. Ruled out for the next game and doesn’t bat in the second innings.
November 2013 – Returns to the Test side at the top for the home series against West Indies.
February 2014 – Has a memorable outing in New Zealand and makes the most with scores of 115, 98 in the two games at Auckland and Wellington. The fourth innings ton at Auckland ensures that the selectors back him for the upcoming tour of England.
July 2014 – Is dropped after the third Test at Southampton against England, after enduring three lean and underwhelming returns. Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir replaces him for the last couple of games, but he too endures disastrous outings.
December 2014 – Returns to playing XI for the first three Tests against Australia but after three mediocre games, is dropped for the fourth and final game at Sydney. His replacement, opener KL Rahul, makes the most with a timely century in testing circumstances.
June 2015 – Returns to the playing XI against Bangladesh in Fatullah after Rahul is diagnosed with dengue. Seals his spot with a knock of 173.
August 2015 – Scores a delightful 134 against Sri Lanka at Galle on a daunting pitch and seems set to be the opener for the long term. Tragedy strikes soon however, as he fractures his finger yet again and misses the remainder of the series.
November – December 2015 – Is backed throughout the entire four match series against South Africa, despite profusely underwhelming retuns.
August 2016 – Is dropped after the third Test in the Caribbean after poor returns throughout the series. Has passed the fifty run mark in just one of the five innings.
September 2016 – Returns for the second home Test against New Zealand at Kolkata after KL Rahul is injured. Wastes both chances as he is dismissed for 1 and 17. In the due process, fractures his thumb and is replaced by Gautam Gambhir in the next Test.
July 2017 – Makes a return to the Test side for the tour of Sri Lanka, after M. Vijay suffers a relapse of his wrist injury.
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