WV Raman feels Shikhar Dhawan needs to bide his time to get his consistency back, while his opening partner Prithvi Shaw should look to make the Sri Lanka tour count by getting runs against an international team in the limited-overs format.
Prithvi Shaw lost his place in the national side after a poor show in the Test series against Australia, but since then he has scored runs aplenty in shorter formats to make a comeback into the national limited-overs side.
WV Raman: An Opportunity For Prithvi Shaw To Get Runs Against An International Side
Prithvi Shaw amassed 827 runs at the Vijay Hazare Trophy and followed that up by scoring 308 runs from 8 games for Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL which was suspended due to the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and bio bubble breach. Prithvi Shaw will get a chance to redeem himself in the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series starting with the first ODI on July 18.
Former Indian player and Tamil Nadu star WV Raman feels the Sri Lanka trip will be a good chance for Prithvi Shaw to continue scoring runs as he has done in recent months.
“He is a quality player and this tour is an opportunity for him to gets runs against an international side,” WV Raman, who will be doing commentary during the series, told TOI on Friday.
Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). Prithvi Shaw’s scoring spree continued in the IPL 2021, which is currently suspended due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in India. The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.
WV Raman: Shikhar Dhawan Needs To Be A Bit More Patient And Ensure He Makes The Best Possible Use Of The Matches
Not only for Prithvi Shaw, but the tour is also crucial for his opening partner and skipper Shikhar Dhawan. With Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looking set to open for India at the upcoming World T20, Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to stay in the mix by scoring runs in every given opportunity leading from the front as skipper.
“In case of Shikhar, it is a case of retaining his competitive edge, waiting and watching as to how things pan out. Unlike others, Shikhar needs to be a bit more patient and needs to try and ensure that he makes the best possible use of these matches and put the ball in the selectors’ court,” the former India opener mentioned.
The trip is significant for new coach Rahul Dravid as he will be making his ‘debut’ as head coach for the senior national side. Having managed India ‘A’ sides and U-19 teams before and also mentored numerous youngsters in the past, National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid, according to WV Raman, is the right man to take the national team forward in the future.
“It (Dravid becoming a full-time coach) is likely to happen. There is no saying as to when it will, but I will be surprised if it doesn’t happen sometime in the (near) future,” he said.
WV Raman feels former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who labeled the Indian team for the Sri Lanka series as a second-string side, ought to have exercised caution while making such statements.
“Ranatunga has been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s success and well within his limits to express his disappointments in any which way about his own cricketing board and cricketing system. But he must probably be a bit choosy when he starts to describe a visiting team or the members of the visiting team,” WV Raman said.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form during the now postponed IPL 2021, after getting dropped from the T20I side in the home England series preceding the IPL.
Opening for the Delhi Capitals, the left-hander scored 380 runs in 7 matches at 54.29, striking at 134.28, and was the leading run-scorer before the tournament got suspended. Shikhar Dhawan was the 2nd highest run-getter in IPL 2020 too with 618 runs in 17 games.