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Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, has described the decision to drop Shikhar Dhawan from the Tests squad against Windies as tough while expressing surprise at the batsman’s failures in red-ball cricket.
Meanwhile, Dhawan had a string of poor runs during his stint in England. In the four Tests he featured, he scored 162 runs at a paltry average of 20.25 without a single fifty. Owing to poor form, the selectors decided to drop the southpaw from the squad against the Caribbeans.
Speaking on the same, MSK Prasad admitted that it is shocking to see Shikhar Dhawan not replicating his white ball form to the longer format. However, he also revealed that the gates are still wide open for the dashing opener.
“It is really surprising that a batsman who can rule in white-ball cricket finds it difficult to replicate the same in red-ball cricket,” Prasad told The Indian Express. “He is a treat to watch in any format of the game. Unfortunately, we had to take this tough decision after giving him considerable opportunities. At the same time, we can say that if Shikhar is willing to put in the hard yards required for the longer format, the gates are definitely open for him,” MSK Prasad added.
Rishabh Pant needs to work on his keeping
With Wriddhiman Saha still recovering from injury, Rishabh Pant will retain his spot in the playing XI. The young wicket-keeper made his debut in England and scored a century in his third Test. Prasad feels Pant needs to still work on his glovework.
“We all know what Rishabh is capable of as a batsman. He can make a very big impact at No.6 or 7 for our Test team,” said MSK Prasad. “When it comes to wicketkeeping, he has some way to go. We are monitoring his progress in that aspect. We had requested the BCCI to get Rishabh to fine-tune his wicketkeeping skills at the NCA,” MSK Prasad concluded.