Gavaskar slams Dhawan and Dhoni on not playing domestic cricket
Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar raised questions to BCCI on MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan for not participating in any domestic cricket at the moment.
Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni and left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan are having off time with their national duty. The former captain is having off-time as he is retired from the longest format of the game.
While Shikhar Dhawan has been dropped from the Test side after his poor performances in England Test series. Both players will have nearly a one month gap for their next International fixture for India.
Former Indian player Sunil Gavaskar raised a serious question to BCCI regarding MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan since they are not participating in any domestic cricket in their off-times. Among those two, MS Dhoni is not having a good run with the bat in recent times.
Commenting on the same, the legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar, who represented Bombay at the domestic circuit, feels the next few months will be crucial for Dhoni with the World Cup fast approaching.
Gavaskar said, “He (Dhoni) didn’t play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn’t play the West Indies Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against Australia.
So, he last played in October and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. But if he doesn’t do well on tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in the World Cup.”
He further added, “As you grow older and if there is a gap in your [competitive] cricket, your reflexes will slow down. If you play any form of cricket at the domestic level, you get an opportunity to play long innings, which serves as a good practice for you.”
Talking about Shikhar Dhawan, the former batsman said, “We shouldn’t ask Dhawan and Dhoni ‘why you are not playing domestic cricket’. We should, in fact, ask the BCCI and selectors that why are they allowing players to skip domestic cricket when they are not on national duty. If the Indian team has to do well, players have to be in prime form and for that, they have to play cricket.”