The Indian team had a torrid time while they were in England. Opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled to get off the visitors to good starts. The southpaw managed to score mere 162 runs at an average of 20.25 from eight innings, as India lost the series 1-4. There were clouds over the selection of the left-hander, but he did get to play four out of the five games.
However, former India quick bowler, Ajit Agarkar isn’t much impressed with Dhawan’s recent run of for. He said he isn’t convinced about Dhawan playing red-ball cricket.
Barring skipper Virat Kohli, no other Indian batter scored consistently. Kohli made 593 runs while the remaining players struggled to get past the 300-run mark. The line-up failed collectively as a whole.
Agarkar slams batters
Dhawan’s opening partner KL Rahul had a consolation ton to his name in the fifth Test. Keeping his 149 aside, the Karnataka-born cricketer managed to score just 150 runs in nine innings.
He along with young Rishabh Pant tried to bail India out of trouble at The Oval, but their respective tons couldn’t avoid yet another loss.
Agarkar questions Dhawan’s red-ball credentials
“India have got a decent batting lineup. They need to get their batting right to get the results to go in India’s way. KL Rahul’s 100 has given some sort of confidence that he can open the innings. But, I am not convinced with Shikhar Dhawan. We got Pujara, Rahane and Virat in the middle-order. We don’t know whether they are better players than that. If India figures out their batting problems, they can win the games,” Ajit Agarkar said on ESPN Cricinfo show.
However, Ajit Agarkar praised the bowling unit, and he also said Pant needs to work on his keeping. The Indian keeper conceded quite a lot of extras, as India missed Wriddhiman Saha, who is nursing an injury.