India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day March 18, 2013

Injured Dhawan doubtful for Delhi

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was Man of the Match for his 187 on debut in Mohali, is unlikely to play the fourth Test against Australia because of an injury sustained in the field. Speaking after his team had taken a 3-0 lead in the series, India captain MS Dhoni said Dhawan "may not play in the next Test. You will get an official word on it."

Dhawan was fielding on the boundary between point and third man during Australia's second innings on the fourth day, and he jammed his left hand into the ground while trying to stop a Phillip Hughes square drive. He did not field for the rest of Sunday and after the day's play was taken to hospital in Chandigarh by the physio Nitin Patel.

The nature of Dhawan's injury had not yet been confirmed, though he said he had "hurt his knuckles", and x-rays suggested it was largely a muscular injury. If the injury persists, Dhawan will be forced to miss the Test in his hometown Delhi, which begins on March 22.

Should Dhawan miss the Test, there is a very strong possibility that rather than call up a replacement opener, the Indian selectors would choose to have Ajinkya Rahane fill in for Dhawan.

Rahane has been a part of the Indian set-up since the 2011-2012 tour of Australia without having played in a single Test despite the fading form of the established opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, and India losing six out of ten Tests between Boxing Day 2011 and 2012. At the start of the home series against England late last year, though, chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil had said that his panel were considering Rahane to essentially be a middle-order batsman. Dhawan's injury may end up giving Rahane the opportunity to do something other than carry drinks for India in Test matches.

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  • CricketMaan on March 18, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Sorry for Dhawan, now he has to wait for the SA tour to have any hopes of opening for India in Tests. Hope he recovers and is picked for the India A tour to SA along with Vijay! The question is wil Rahane finally play or will Pujara open with Vijay and Rahane in the middle order? I hope Viru or Gauti is not pulled back into the team hurriedly!!!! Hmmm how about Jadeja opening!!!

  • TRAM on March 19, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, I agree to your point. Yes, RSharma showed his talent, but after how many chances? The point is he DID get many many chances. Where as consider who was never let in for a decade. Dilip Vengsarkar, when he was the selector, said 'Badri is knocking at the door for long'. Even after that Badri kept scoring centuries after centuries in the FC matches. Yet, RSharma, Raina, Yuvraj etc entered the Ind middle order and Badri was ignored. When he was finally given chance in tests against SA Styne/Morkel he scored 56 followed by two low scores one of them in a fading light condition and Styne with new ball in his hand, where Dhoni did not send nightwatchman! Now Badri didn't play many matches this year due to injury and has recently come back. And no one even talks about him. Any one who says a player XYZ was treated with injustice, just look at Badri.

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    If Dhawan takes time to recover, what is wrong in India opening with Vijay & Rahane? Even if Dhwan is fit to play, Sachin should graciously vacate his position for Rahane. Whichever way it happens, Rahane should be tried out.

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I would like to see Wasim Jaffer getting an opportunity in the Delhi Test if Dhawan can't make it. Rahane is a very fine talent and a good prospect for the middle order.

  • Haleos on March 19, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @ yavaid - Tiwary is injured. Wake up. Rahit has hardly had chances in tests, the format he is best suited for. Mr Very Very Selfish and Wall with holes have kept youngsters out. Something what SRT is doing right now as well.

  • Temuzin on March 19, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Opening with Jadeja is a thought. He will be more successful with the bat at 4-5 position to team up with Pujara. Batting at No 7 is never easy.

  • on March 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @CricketMaan really? Jadeja opening? He has improved his bowling but people need to get over this "allrounder" story... he is visible uncomfortable batting at no. 7 and people want him to open!

  • on March 19, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Open with Bhuvaneswar kumar & M. vijay then order like that pujara,Rahane,sachin,kohli,dhoni,ravindra jadeja,ashwin,sharma,ohja

  • Paddy789 on March 19, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I am happy that Rahane will finally get a chance to play test match for India however will be equally disappointed if he opens the innings, he is a middle order batsmen by nature, he will do well for India and himself in middle order in a long run as he avg's 67 in those positions. How abt Jadeja opening the innings ??

  • couchpundit on March 19, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Drop Sachin and ishant, bring in some pace bowler from domestic circuit and manoj tiwary to replace sachin. I think Rohit had his of chances for 5 years now. He keeps learning till now on what shot to play. In international cricket you can only learn to adjust temperament and pace innings, not selection.

  • CricketMaan on March 18, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Sorry for Dhawan, now he has to wait for the SA tour to have any hopes of opening for India in Tests. Hope he recovers and is picked for the India A tour to SA along with Vijay! The question is wil Rahane finally play or will Pujara open with Vijay and Rahane in the middle order? I hope Viru or Gauti is not pulled back into the team hurriedly!!!! Hmmm how about Jadeja opening!!!

  • TRAM on March 19, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, I agree to your point. Yes, RSharma showed his talent, but after how many chances? The point is he DID get many many chances. Where as consider who was never let in for a decade. Dilip Vengsarkar, when he was the selector, said 'Badri is knocking at the door for long'. Even after that Badri kept scoring centuries after centuries in the FC matches. Yet, RSharma, Raina, Yuvraj etc entered the Ind middle order and Badri was ignored. When he was finally given chance in tests against SA Styne/Morkel he scored 56 followed by two low scores one of them in a fading light condition and Styne with new ball in his hand, where Dhoni did not send nightwatchman! Now Badri didn't play many matches this year due to injury and has recently come back. And no one even talks about him. Any one who says a player XYZ was treated with injustice, just look at Badri.

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    If Dhawan takes time to recover, what is wrong in India opening with Vijay & Rahane? Even if Dhwan is fit to play, Sachin should graciously vacate his position for Rahane. Whichever way it happens, Rahane should be tried out.

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I would like to see Wasim Jaffer getting an opportunity in the Delhi Test if Dhawan can't make it. Rahane is a very fine talent and a good prospect for the middle order.

  • Haleos on March 19, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @ yavaid - Tiwary is injured. Wake up. Rahit has hardly had chances in tests, the format he is best suited for. Mr Very Very Selfish and Wall with holes have kept youngsters out. Something what SRT is doing right now as well.

  • Temuzin on March 19, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Opening with Jadeja is a thought. He will be more successful with the bat at 4-5 position to team up with Pujara. Batting at No 7 is never easy.

  • on March 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @CricketMaan really? Jadeja opening? He has improved his bowling but people need to get over this "allrounder" story... he is visible uncomfortable batting at no. 7 and people want him to open!

  • on March 19, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Open with Bhuvaneswar kumar & M. vijay then order like that pujara,Rahane,sachin,kohli,dhoni,ravindra jadeja,ashwin,sharma,ohja

  • Paddy789 on March 19, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I am happy that Rahane will finally get a chance to play test match for India however will be equally disappointed if he opens the innings, he is a middle order batsmen by nature, he will do well for India and himself in middle order in a long run as he avg's 67 in those positions. How abt Jadeja opening the innings ??

  • couchpundit on March 19, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Drop Sachin and ishant, bring in some pace bowler from domestic circuit and manoj tiwary to replace sachin. I think Rohit had his of chances for 5 years now. He keeps learning till now on what shot to play. In international cricket you can only learn to adjust temperament and pace innings, not selection.

  • on March 19, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Unfortunate for Shikhar, but finally Ajinkya Rahane will get his chance!

    Question is: will he open the innings in place of Dhawan, or will Pujara instead open with Vijay, and Raha to come at No. 3?

  • dnsl08 on March 19, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Whether or not Rahane is going to be on opener in the long term, he needs to be given a chance before the south africa series!

    Also ishant needs to be replaced. I haven't seen ishwar pandey bowl, but have heard about him being good - does anyone with knowledge of indian cricket think he would be a good option? Or shami ahmed perhaps

  • Sultan2007 on March 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a very high quality batsman. I cannot see another middle order batsman of his quality around. I take the point on chances given to him in ODI's, but surely not in Test cricket. This kid is built for Test Cricket. He has so much time to play his shots. Once he gets a few good knocks under his belt he will be unstoppable. Go Rohit!

  • KamleshBambarde on March 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    If one understands cricket and have seen batting Pujara, Rahane & Rohit Sharma , would agree that these guys are made to play Test Cricket. But unfortunately, except Pujara, their talent is tested in either T20 or ODI and based on that they are assesed, thats unfortunate. Give these guys a chance to play Test Cricket and then see, you would see, Dravid, VVS & Saurav rediscovered.

  • on March 19, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @ anand palwankar - I agree that Rohit deserves a chance in tests. I am a big fan of his potential. I am only saying that right now his claim is not as strong as some others who have shown a lot more consistency on the domestic circuit. I was as surprised as anybody when Vijay was picked, but am glad he succeeded as he has the technique to do well abroad. I understand that most of the rohit backers are also shouting for his selection, on the same premise. We'll have to leave it to the selectors as to whether they will take a punt on Rohit or pull out some other name from the hat !

  • on March 19, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I dont agree with @ Chaitanys Kirtikar. Why people always pointed Rohit, just cant understand.Three times he was part of Indian Test squad, but cant gpt in playing 11 cse our seniour players was the part of the test team. Without watching him in test how can anybody say that he is not ideal for test ? Agreed since last 5 years he is in picture. But still he hasnt got any chance in test. Everybody should remember. tallent is permenent and form is temporory. About Kohli... in last aussie tour he scored 1 half century and 1 century in 8 innings. After Ausiie tour in India he failed 5 innings out of 6 innings vs Eng. Murli Vijay....since last one year he has only 2 centuries against his name at first claas level. But he prooved himself intests. Same can be happen with Rohit. Let him play in tests. Jusdge him and then everybody is free to commenet. Its not atall just blind faith.

  • Naresh28 on March 19, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is one player who can change games when on song. If only he worked on his temperament. His chance is slipping away. He was tried as an ODI opener and it worked in one game.

  • on March 19, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    there is a surprising number of ppl who still consider rohit sharma the next big thing....it is saying something if after 5 years of playing cricket for the nation he is still considered to be a 'rising' star !! you can easily compare with someone like virat kohli, who's work ethic and consistency has resulted in more caps than other 'talented' ppl ! PPL who blindly support must remember that even players like tendulkar, lara, laxman who are known more for their class and talent, have put in the hard hours and are prepared to look unattractive and graft for the sake of their team(s) ! we need to blood more players like dhawan and tiwary who are more likely to put themselves in the firing line rather than just gracefully throw away their wickets !!

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    In place of Dhawan Bring in Rahane, and drop Ishant and bring Rohit . Team for 4th test Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ojha. Ishant is the waste and time has come to give chance Rahane and Rohit before the south africa series.

  • bluebillion on March 19, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Let's face the fact that there is currently no reserve opener in the squad. Rahane is a middle order batsman and has rightly been picked as one. With the series wrapped up and one game to go, it certainly does not make sense to recall Gambhir or Viru to replace the guy who replaced them! For me, the best option is to ask Pujara to open and play Rahane at 3, if not 5 with Kohli moving to number 3. Pujara's technique is much more suited to opening than Rahane's.

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    A talent like Rohit Sharma comes once in a generation. People should distinquish between talent and hardwork.

    Gavaskar, Dravid are examples of hardwork

    Gundappa, VVS Lax are the examples of in-born talent, you can get these types of players once in a decade or two.

    There is nothing wrong in giving a considerable long rope to these types of players (read Rohit). You can reap the harvest in a long run, since he is just 25 now.

  • ojus on March 19, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    i disagree with Aditya,,rohit had enough chance, how long you are going to persist with one,his attitude towards the game needs to change,also the fitness level is pathetic for international standard,,and rahana id a good choice by all means as we dont have many good players who can pull and hook,and rahane had proved that in england,,so he should be in considering the SA tour as well. and the next choice is mukund i guess,,its time to forget Rohit with all the all the respect to his wasted skill

  • penagamuri on March 19, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    @777aditya - rohit game is hand striched for test matches.. its like trying yuvi in test matces and judging him as a bad player (we would have lost a one day legend). He is ideal replacemnt of srt..i bet no team in this world would have left out a talent like him. Just look at ausies they are struggling to find some talent and are persisting with mediocre players like hughes smith cowan etc. A talent like rohit comes once in a generation and unfortunatley we are judging him based on the format he is not made for (and i hav to mention that he did play 80 odis but please consider the order he played at all the time.)And Rahane .. please he looked very very ordinary against steven finn .and i dont even want to start on tiwary ..and raidu uthappa etc all are jokes .i think rohit deserves a place in test xi. I am sure msd is very aware of that and more than sure he will sneak him in as soon as there is vacancy .. dont be suprised if rohit gets a saf ticket.. rem form is temp n class is perm

  • on March 19, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Luck has always big big role in anybodys success. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid etc etc etc long list...if we observes their career, they entered exectely at right time when there were a space for them. Gavaskar entered when India was in search of a quality opening barsmen, Kapil Dev entered when our great spin trio were about to finish & Indian was in great need of a pace bowler...same case with Dravid, Sachin also....Here I just want to mention about poor guies Rahane & Ronit Sharma...Both were ion the test team since last Ausiie tour 11/12. Rohit was in great form at that time, just won 2 back to back MOS & played back to back 50s in 2 practice matches in Aussie. But the middle order was ocuupied by VVS, Rahul & ST. & opening slot was occupied by Viru & Gaut...So both Rahane & Rohit didnt get a single opportunity for almost 45 days. Then the sad story began. Both lost there forms. Now critics are following to Rohit specially. And under pressure both are fighting.

  • 777aditya on March 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    @ penagamuri - I think you are wrong, period or no period. Rohit Sharma has got enough chances, albeit in ODIs. Rahane in his limited chances has shown glimpses of good technique, hence is more deserving. Manoj Tiwary also might be worth a go, but after Rahane. Of course, this is not a reservation bogie, but clearly a case of who is more deserving. Rahane looked comfortable against the 7-foot Pakistani giant Irfan, who had the 'established opener' Gambhir hop, skip, and jump all over with no runs to show.

  • on March 19, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Lets give Ajinkya a chance to play, our major worry rather than batting is who will be our first slip feilder, lets try Ajinkya

  • ProdigyA on March 19, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    My respect for sachin would skyrocket if he rested himself for the final test and give Rahane a go. The guy simply deserves it and no better time than this.

  • TRAM on March 19, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Wish you good luck for rapid recovery, Dhawan. You are a rare breed, technical, aggressive and playing all around the ground. There was and there is no one like you in India - if only you can perform like this consistently. We dont want to miss you.

  • on March 19, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Rahane made a big mistake by announcing himself as a top order bat and not an opener. Maybe he doesn't want to open, could be the reason why he isn't opening for Mumbai. Technically, top order has only two slots, one drop and two drop. We all know one drop is taken and two drop is with Sachin.

    Rest Sachin for the last Test as I am sure he is going to South Africa and make Rahane play two drop. I am quite certain that Kohli would move to No 4 replacing Sachin whenever Sachin retires making it difficult for Rahane.

  • aakkil on March 19, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    mukund should be given an oppertunity, while dhavan and vijay scoring big in flat pitches, mukund had to play on swinging and bouncy conditions, u can see what dhavan and vijay done in wi last tour.

  • penagamuri on March 19, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    i think Rohit sharma should replace dhawan .. period....

  • 777aditya on March 19, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    One's misfortune can be an opportunity for someone else. Sehwag and Gambhir were rightfully dropped and Dhawan and Vijay cashed in and how! Now, if Dhawan is injured, Rahane should likewise cling onto this chance. Rahane is a class act when he gets it together. It would certainly augur well for Indian batting if another newcomer gets amongst the runs before the 'real test' starts in RSA against champion bowlers. If Yadav and Pathan (for sure) and even Zak, Sree, or PK stand a slim chance to somehow make a comeback by then - then, Team India could at least hope to stretch the mighty Saffers to the fifth day.

  • AvidCricFan on March 18, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    BCCI should not look back at this point in time for openers. The experience factor is oversold. Results matter. The experienced openers have failed badly in the past two overseas series and the England series at home. Lets not put more emphasis on experience over performance/results. I am wondering the role of SRT in the team too. How long can he be allowed to occupy the slot and deprive young talent. M Vijay seems to have sorted out his weakness to play in the longer format. His approach is lot more mature now.

  • madras_boy on March 18, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    As Dhoni indicated changes, i think it will be Rahane playing at No.4 filling Tendulkar's shoes and Mukund opening with Vijay. As simple as that !!!

  • on March 18, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    India's last test at home for a while.. Gut feeling - Sachin might announce his retirement.

  • Dhanno on March 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Lamp. Ditto, Dhoni might just bring RG in saying: he has loads of talent, deserves a chance given his one good score against Eng (remember, that will serve him well for another 10 years, I could only wish his food portions were as meagre as his returns in international cricket) and is the future of indian cricket (along with Raina/ Yuvi ofcourse!). Anyhow, hope it doesnt come to that.

    But its sad that we have to be worried about such development.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Get well Shikhar !!! You played a brilliant innings. It is unfortunate that he won't play at his beloved Feroz Shah Kotla ground. What is it with players missing out on home grounds this series ???? First it was Ojha at Hyderabad, then Harbhajan at Mohali and now Dhawan at Delhi. In all likelihood, Rahane should open the batting with Vijay. Or, they could ask Pujara to open with Vijay; push Kohli to no.3, keep Tendulkar at 4, and then slot Pujara at 5 to ease him into the team. The rest of the team should be the same. I foresee another win for India at Delhi. The conditions will be more troublesome for the Aussies. The ball will spin a lot more and keep low compared to Mohali. India should really go for the sucker punch ! Good luck guys.

  • SanjivAwesome on March 18, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Tendulkar should be rested for Delhi - let us see if getting some fresh blood in that slot he has occupied for years makes the kinda difference that dropping Sehwag and Gambhir did. There appears to be a huge talent knocking at the door in India.

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @androyuvi well we all saw mukund's technique in england,he does'nt even play with a straight bat something which every indian batsman does naturally

  • on March 18, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Silver cloud would be for Rahane to be selected and score big also.

  • Nampally on March 18, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    If Dhawan's knuckle injury is muscular, then it is more than likely that he will be fit in 4 days for the Friday's match. Most physio's can help him to full recovey in 3 days from muscular injury. I do hope he will be fit to carry on his run of "Man of the Match" for the next test on his home ground.His 189 @ S/R of 110 gave India the chance to win in 4 days. Good Luck Shikar.

  • Mr_Anonymous on March 18, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    This is a very interesting development. The simplest "fix" if Dhawan is not available for selection is to have Rahane open instead of Dhawan and that in my mind is the most likely scenario.

    However, in my mind, this is an opportunity to start evaluating the middle order of the future (if not now when 3-0 ahead, when will they do that?). If the selectors can convince Tendulkar to sit out of the next game (and that is a big IF and in my mind not very likely), we give Rahane a chance in the middle order (perhaps Kohli at 4 and Rahane at 5) that will allow a glimpse into the future (if Sehwag was in form which I don't think he is, he could have been in the frame for a chance at no. 4, his desired position). That gives us a chance to evaluate another opener, preferably a youngster and that brings Unmukt Chand and Vijay Zol into the frame. I agree that it would be better to try them in ODIs first although since the opportunity has presented itself now, we should run with it.

  • nyc_missile on March 18, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Rahane deserves a shot now..even if its not opening ! Vijay and Pujara have batted together enough to make the combo work.Also as a future replacement for Sachin who is definitely nearing his end,Rahane must be groomed at 4.This would be a perfect team especially at home.I still want Tiwary and Rayudu to be picked but its a pleasant problem to have of too many options.What if Jadeja is only picked as a bowler and say Ishant is dropped at home.Then we will surely have one more spot in the middle order.Going forward this will be my 11 at home:

    Vijay | Dhawan | Pujara | Rahane | Kohli | Tiwary/Rayudu | Dhoni | Jadeja | Ashwin | Bhuvi | Ojha

  • androyuvi on March 18, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    I dont know why, but I cant see anyone ahead of Abhinav Mukund in case they are thinking about a youngster as an opener. He has the temperament, technique and hunger for big runs. But apart from all this, i feel that lad got unfortunate to play only in away matches when everyone in our team was failing to make any contribution.

  • on March 18, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Dhawan will be missed badly. But the positive thing is that hopefully Ajhinkya Rahane will get a chance to open the innings. Having warmed the bench for close to two years, he will be raring to go. We can expect a good performance by him too. This will only improve the Indian team's performance.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 18, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Sorry to hear that he is injured. Hope and wish he has a complete and speedy recovery. Cricket is secondary. He should get proper help and rest.

  • Lamp on March 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I am just praying to God that selectors should not name the Talented Rohit Sharma as a replacement for Dhawan.

  • binu.emiliya on March 18, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Why everybody want Chand to get a selection? What he has done significantly in the ranji trophy? He should get a chance in ODI team as an opener

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    If Dhawan misses out , then pls give a chance to Wasim Jaffer , there is nothing to lose , we can give him a chance to prove his mettle . after all he is going great guns in the domestic level

  • jay_vkjay on March 18, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Looks like lot of guys missing Matches in their Home grounds. Ojha missed Hyderabad test, Bhajji missed Mohali test and now Dhawan and Sehwag to miss Delhi test? I would like to see Dhawan opening at Delhi, If not My god Selectors don't name a replacement. Rahane should debut, but not as an opener. Vijay and Pujara should Open, Rahane @ no.3, Rest of the line-up same as Sachin, Kohli, dhoni and Jadeja.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Now we are likely to see a double or a triple hundred from ajinkya rahane.He has much better records than that of shikhar dhawan and finally he would get a chance.

  • muthu4664 on March 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Come on Rahane ... Waiting to see ur Debut at Delhi.

  • BustIPL on March 18, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    One the fourth morning he looked very stiff when he forced one into the hands of closing filelder being unable to curb his instict of hitting it through. It is chance for India to give Dhoni Tendulkar's replacement. It looks like they go on without SRT now at least at home.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Rahane should get a chance to play!

  • aracer on March 18, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Clearly trying to preserve his average.

  • ProdigyA on March 18, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Oh no.. he was such a treat to watch.. Did not miss Sehwag for a second there. I hope he is fit but if not a big NO NO to GG or Sehwag. I hope the new lads get a chance, Rahane, Mukund, Chand anybody but the old horses.

  • screamingeagle on March 18, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Hmm, the opener to partner Vijay would be an interesting pick. Rahane night get a look in as well, I hope. Gambhir might be hoping against hope. LOL.

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    i hope sehwag will be given one final chance in the last test

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    The question arises..if not Dhawan then who will open with Vijay?

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    So will Rahane get his chance or is his chai making ability too great and we will promote Pujara or bring in Chand ???

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    that's quite disappointing. gem of a debut innings

  • SudharsanVM on March 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Hope he recovers soon. Else, atleast will Rahanel get a chance this time around.

  • guptahitesh4u on March 18, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Does it mean that Rahane will finally get a chance to play some real game? He definitely deserves a chance in test and Dhoni has also indicated that they might go with some changes. Selectors might have included him as a middle-order batsman but lets not forget that he is a genuine opener. I hope Harbhajan doesn't get a surprise comeback again, Ojha and Ashwin were able to get a couple of wkts in each of the innings (despite the pitch being less supporting to the spinners compared to Chennai and Hyderabad)

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Its sad for Dhawan who seems to be in SPLENDID form; but this might be a blessing in disguise for Ajinkya Rahane who might be called up to prove his mettle!

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Dont call any other replacement give chance for Ajinkya Rahane in last test as he will be there in playing XI for South African series, as we cant play with five batsmen in those Alien conditions.

  • colossalcricketer on March 18, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Oh Darn it !.. He seemed to be in some good form ! Anyways We have a backup, we can Play Rahane ! He is also kinda classical test batsman !

  • BnH1985Fan on March 18, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    BCCI -- Sandeep Patil @ Co: please replace Dhawan with Rahane. Don't even think of going back to Viru or Gauti ..

  • realfan on March 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    glad... not because RAHANE making debut..... poor lad waited like eternity for his debut.....wish dhoni doesnt call for backup player instead give RAHANE a go.......

  • Munafis810 on March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Please give Rahane a chance atleast now

  • Robert1612 on March 18, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Perhaps this is good news for Australia, although the way India's selectors have been going no doubt the replacement player will have a match winning performance!! The Australian bowling should be better in Delhi for the final test, would be great to see India rolled for less than 300 and then see how they go under a bit of pressure.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    It must be frustrating, on the back of an awesome performance, not being able to play in his hometown. Best of luck, Dhawan, get well soon. If he truly is injured, A.Mukund or Rahane might get a look in..

  • 30-30-150 on March 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I'm only hoping Gambhir or Sehwag isn't brought back into the team now. Abhinav Mukund would be a handy replacement. Or even Unmukt Chand given that it is his home ground.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Good time for Rahane to show his stuff...

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Good time for Rahane to show his stuff...

  • 30-30-150 on March 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I'm only hoping Gambhir or Sehwag isn't brought back into the team now. Abhinav Mukund would be a handy replacement. Or even Unmukt Chand given that it is his home ground.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    It must be frustrating, on the back of an awesome performance, not being able to play in his hometown. Best of luck, Dhawan, get well soon. If he truly is injured, A.Mukund or Rahane might get a look in..

  • Robert1612 on March 18, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Perhaps this is good news for Australia, although the way India's selectors have been going no doubt the replacement player will have a match winning performance!! The Australian bowling should be better in Delhi for the final test, would be great to see India rolled for less than 300 and then see how they go under a bit of pressure.

  • Munafis810 on March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Please give Rahane a chance atleast now

  • realfan on March 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    glad... not because RAHANE making debut..... poor lad waited like eternity for his debut.....wish dhoni doesnt call for backup player instead give RAHANE a go.......

  • BnH1985Fan on March 18, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    BCCI -- Sandeep Patil @ Co: please replace Dhawan with Rahane. Don't even think of going back to Viru or Gauti ..

  • colossalcricketer on March 18, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Oh Darn it !.. He seemed to be in some good form ! Anyways We have a backup, we can Play Rahane ! He is also kinda classical test batsman !

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Dont call any other replacement give chance for Ajinkya Rahane in last test as he will be there in playing XI for South African series, as we cant play with five batsmen in those Alien conditions.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Its sad for Dhawan who seems to be in SPLENDID form; but this might be a blessing in disguise for Ajinkya Rahane who might be called up to prove his mettle!