Given his expertise, former India cricketers Anshuman Gaekwad and Saba Karim want Shikhar Dhawan to stay in the lineup at least for the series against South Africa. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have been India’s favorite opening pair since his injury in the 2019 World Cup. Dhawan was not selected for the T20 World Cup and did not play in the T20I series against New Zealand at home the following year.

Dhawan, according to Gaekwad and Karim, should be given a chance to compete for a berth, especially with the South Africa tour approach. “It all relies on how selectors interpret the situation. I believe that while form might change, the class does not and that batters like Shikhar need only one strong inning to reclaim their form. It has happened to the best of the players, including Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath, to have a terrible stretch. You can’t seem to obtain the result you want in that period, no matter how hard you try “, Sportstar spoke with Gaekwad.

“It is critical to undertake some soul searching during such times. You can’t always tell what it is — whether it’s mental or technological – and things like this happen. You must persevere and guarantee that one innings arrives as soon as possible. If necessary, take a break and restart”.

Gaekwad goes on to say that Dhawan’s experience could come in good form in South Africa. “He isn’t in the best of form right now, but a big match player like him adds batting experience, which is vital in South African conditions. He had the ability to make the game circle around him and coach the youngster “, he declared. “I believe in horses for courses, but I also feel that experience is important “.