A difficult decision won’t come as a surprise after Ishan Kishan emerged as a viable alternative with his magnificent double hundred. The new selection committee, which is anticipated to be constituted shortly, will likely examine the future of veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan in ODI matches.

In eight of his past nine ODIs, Dhawan has had significant difficulties. The Delhi left-hander also used an antiquated style of batting, which is hurting the club during the Powerplay overs.

It’s not always about purpose; sometimes it’s about not being able to press the issue with a small number of available strokes. In the T20 era, Shubman Gill or a Kishan are more inventive.

Although a time has not been specified, the BCCI will examine the team’s performance and talk about the future with head coach Dravid and NCA head VVS Laxman.

The process of phasing out the veteran players would begin the next year, a source affirmed, as it was reported by PTI during the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“Only after the appointment of a new selection committee will a decision about Shikhar’s future be made. However, the opinions of the captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid cannot be disregarded, a top BCCI source who was briefed on the situation told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The main issue with Dhawan has been a precipitous drop in his strike rate, which went from 100+ till the 2019 World Cup to a pitiful 75 in 2022.

After Ishan Kishan’s double hundred and, more crucially, the newness he has infused the approach with, the team management will undoubtedly reflect on the delicate selection issues. A player with 167 ODI appearances and a current ranking of third (6793) among current India run scorers behind Rohit (9454) and Virat Kohli is difficult to cut loose (12471).

Some argue that Dhawan should play at least the last six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in January against Sri Lanka and New Zealand before making a decision ahead of the ODIs against Australia at the end of March.

The response to that, though, is what will happen in January when Shubman Gill, one of the most reliable ODI hitters over the last six months, returns to the team.