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Dhawan a flat-track bully?

Sanjay Manjrekar and Daryll Cullinan offer contrasting views on why Shikhar Dhawan has not clicked in the series

December 26, 2013

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Posted by fguy on (December 27, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

just 3 failed innings & already slotting a player! no talk of the Green track bullies that are the SA attack? wonder who's the bully?

Posted by herasn on (December 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

he is exactly a flat track bully like most Indian batsmen. India will murder a week opposition on a flat track and whenever the indians are exposed to a good bowling attack they fall down like pins which is exactly what happened when the Paks just routed the indians in in India and the English average bowling attack was able to destroy the indian batting in tests. So this proves that all the Indian batsmen are nothing but a bunch of lucky flat track bullies

Posted by GRVJPR on (December 27, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Oh, But he has better technique then that GRAEME SMITH who can score only of inside edges and outside edges,.

Posted by Capricorn60 on (December 27, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

@Yousafahmed1 - well said, couldn't have put it better!!!

Posted by Capricorn60 on (December 27, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Funny thing is all these critics were calling the whole Indian team 'flat track bullies' before this short SA-Ind Test series began. Now just because the like of Vijay, Pujara, Kohli etc have done well disappointing these people, they now resort to nit picking on individuals like Dhawan based on his performances in just three innings - conveniently choosing to forget how he performed elsewhere like the CT in England just a short while back this year when he was even Player of the Tournament.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (December 27, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@ Bladerunners He also scored 68 runs on a flat track in England against mediocre SL who only scored 181 on that flat track. Isn't it? Your legends couldn't put bat to ball on that flat track. LOL. Maybe you are hurting from your recent heavy defeats to PAK and trying to vent your frustration here.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@VivtheGreatest and @Abhishek Lahiri So by your logic the only people qualified to calling someone a flat track bully is a complete, world class batsman? By that reckoning its a pretty bold statement from either of you to say Cullinan is a poor batsman as I can't remember the last time either of you made a test match hundred? And for the record, Cullinan was not a poor player of spin. He was a poor player against Shane Warne. He dominated Indian attacks regularly, and even scored a century in Sri Lanka with Murali turning the ball square. His struggles against Warne were played up by the media, but his career average of 44.21 in the early to mid 90's which was dominated by exceptional bowlers was good. Back then a test average of 40 was considered the bench mark of a class batsman. Please do your research before commenting

Posted by Bladerunners on (December 27, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

@whoever said dhawan is a flat track bully he is 200% correct!dhawan scored a test century in debut was absoulutely flat track.and also he scored two century in CT was also a flat track.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Pretty bold statement from a very average player like Cullinan. We've all seen and remember him playing Warne and other spinners. It was like a comedy show and now he pontificates on Dhawans technique. Ever heard of people in glasshouses Darryl?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 27, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

lol @ who said he can't bat outside India. Even if he is a failure in this series, he got runs in ODIs before that. Open your eyes and look at his performances in CT, Tri series in WI and ZIM tours.

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