Zimbabwe v India, 2nd ODI, Harare July 26, 2013

'I was fortunate they dropped my catches' - Dhawan

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After his startling reincarnation as an international opener, it's easy to forget that Shikhar Dhawan was once written off by many observers as being unfit for national service. Since his return to ODIs at the Champions Trophy, he has scored 631 runs at 57.36, relying mainly on his silken touch through the off side. In the course of his third ODI century, however, he relied as much on luck as anything else.

"The wicket wasn't easy to bat on," he said after his Man-of-the-Match performance against Zimbabwe. "The ball was swinging and cutting, and they bowled really well in the first 25 overs. I was just fortunate enough that they dropped my catches today."

Despite their lapses in the field, Zimbabwe had reduced India to 65 for 4 before Dhawan found an able partner in Dinesh Karthik - incidentally, another cricketer who has, more than once, been discarded by the national side. "The team really needed a big partnership when we were four or five down, and myself and Dinesk Karthik played really well and made a big score for our team," Dhawan said.

"We're really happy. It was a very important partnership which brought us back into the game. We knew that we had to score big runs on this wicket because it gets much better in the second innings. Then things went our way."

Cricket was a slightly different game when Dhawan was first picked for India, and as an opener one of the rule-changes that he has had to pay particular attention to is that which stipulates that a new ball will be used from each end in ODIs. The rule means that batsmen have to deal with a hard, moving ball for longer than they used to.

"It's more difficult nowadays because you've got new balls from both ends," Dhawan explained. "When the ball is swinging you really need to play close to your body. You'll see that in the first 10 overs, openers are not scoring that many nowadays because the ball is new and it swings a lot and you have to be more careful. Shot selection is very important, because you don't want to lose wickets at the start and put pressure on the rest of the side."

Dhawan's international resurrection has occurred during a transitional phase for Indian cricket, and he has been given another chance thanks partly to the fading fortunes of long-time opening pair Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Such periods of upheaval present myriad challenges, but India have so far largely weathered them, recently winning the Champions Trophy and scrapping their way to success in the Caribbean tri-series.

Dhawan said he was pleased with what he saw from the team. "Our team is gelling really nicely. All the young boys are very fit and really good in the field. Fielding-wise, we have really improved a lot. I feel like everything is working our way."

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • alarky on July 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Dhawan is one of the recent batsmen who have come out to play real cricket! I really love his style. I guess if he's given the chance, when he quits, he could find himself in the super-class of batsmen - those who were complete batsmen, in terms of awesome entertainers with their relentless and sustainable strokeplay - their task was to play cricket for spectators and not necessarily for their self glory. I am talking about the Bradman's, Sobers' Viv Richards', Laras, Pietersens, Gilchrists and temperamentally same but technically and consistentcy less Haydens, Jaysurias and Sehwags.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta ; This is Dhawan's "2nd/ second /segundo / दूसरा / δεύτερος" comeback. I just wrote in different languages in case you didn't understand it in English in the first place. Dhawan debuted on 20th of Oct 2010 n scored "zero". Then he was dropped for next several series such as NZ n SA. Then he made his "1st " comeback after 8 months. So this is 2nd comeback. Pls don't embarrass yourself by trying to correct me. Btw You wrote "his weaknesses as a batsmen". It should be "a batsman not batsmen". You should seriously work on your grammar. LOL. You are way outta league here pal. G'day !!!

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Dhawan seems to have learnt from the mistakes he committed from his first stint, playing for his country. There are still a few more kinks to be straightened out. South Africa may turn out to be his finishing school - one way or the other. (I do hope, he will curb his adventurism; which lead to his Delhi senior Sehwag's downfall to a great extent, exasperated further by Veeru's declining reflexes and eye-sight).

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @Blade-Runner. Just like your advice to Dhawan to correct his weaknesses as a batsmen, you should correct your weaknesses as a writer. For Dhawan, it is his second chance to represent India, but his first comeback. Comebacks are always, at least 2nd chance! "2nd comeback" amounts to "3rd chance"! There are many such errors in quite a few of your earlier posts too. You may want to remedy those errors? Don't you? (Any way, hats off to your 'confidence' levels both on the contents of your comments and the manner of their delivery.)

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @Subin P Daniel . I agree with you. This is a tour for trial. This is tour for training in unfamiliar conditions. This is a tour for creating a larger pool to choose from. In that context, I have to re-iterate the comments of many by stating:

    1. We have tried enough with Vinay Kumar, now it is Mohit's turn.

    2. We have given enough trials to Rohit; now it is Pujara's turn.

    3. We had seen enough of Mishra; now it is Rasool's turn.

    I am not saying that Rohit, Mishra & Vinay are no good! By not trying out the other players, the tour selectors are undermining the good intentions, and pretty good moves, of the national selectors. That is a very foolish thing to do!

  • IPSY on July 27, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    alarky, I would only be in agreement with you if you are only speaking about test cricket. Yes, Dhawan does have a solid technique and backs it up with awesome "entertaining" stroke play in the test match that I saw him. Hence, i guess this would be his style throughout his career. That is the factor that separates those names that you mentioned in that super-class of batsmen from the technically "good" batsmen in test cricket. But if you are also talking limited overs cricket, you have left out a lot of great names: The Tendulkars, Bevans, Pontins, Gayles, Jayawardenes, Dhonis and lots more. What puts the former names into this super class is their ability to CONSISTENTLY transfer the way they play in limited overs cricket into test cricket arena with great success. The latter group are overly timid in test cricket and even though they produce some VERY SHORT SPURTS OF ENTERTAINMENT occasionally, they provide real boredom most times when on show!

  • AvidCricFan on July 27, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    India was lucky to get decent performance from Karthik. However, he can't fit in the team as a specialist batsman. In 64 ODIs, he has scored 7 50's and no century at a strike rate of 74. This is not a performance of a specialist batsman. Even in the recent series' his performance has been anything than wanting. Rohit Sharma is still a questionable selection. His performance was acceptable in CTL but has been wanting in WI and now in Zim. It just perplexes me why the players like Pujara and Manoj Tiwari are not given chances. In few chances that Tiwari got, he performed pretty well and Pujara is still waiting to be given chances.

  • on July 27, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    This is a series to give experience to uncapped / inexperienced faces in Indian team. That should be the objective. As there is a massive difference in the quality of both sides , India will definitely win the series , wont be surprised even with a 5-0 score. But what about the actual intentions of sending such a team ? team management has to sit back & think if the objectives set by the selection panel has been met or not. Vinay should be replaced by Mohit Sharma ( playing rest of the 3 matches). Vinay had enough chances , but hasn't utilised properly. So if Kohli want to give him another chance , that should be in the last game , preferably at the expense of Shami Ahamed ( Of course , he is young at this level too , he need to sit out only if Vinay need another go). Among others , Rasool , Pujara, Rayudu & Rahane should play the rest of the matches. Dhawan & Jadeja should be rested for next three & bench out of form Raina as well. I think Kohli will make the changes only after 3-0

  • on July 27, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, You had propagated before Pallekele ODI that it is a fast n bouncy wicket. But Man of Match David Miller quoted, "The wicket was very slow and had a lot of turn. We really had to work hard up front and try and build partnerships and take a little bit longer than normal. This innings means a lot to me."

    Who is right? A player who had played on that pitch or you my dear Blade-Runner? You say "Dhawan's innings included 90% of luck n 10% of talent". Tell me which standards you applied to measure Dhawan's innings of 90% Luck-10% talent? You further say, "need to accept some fair n constructive criticisms".

    Tell me what is this fair n constructive criticism?

  • Srinivash97 on July 27, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Testing time awaits India.Conditions here are similar to that of South Africa. Zimbabwe's bowlers really bowled well initially but didn't get the momentum going.The difference in S.A. will be their bowlers are more experienced. Good to see Mohammed Shami move the ball early, but was unlucky and didn't get any wickets. Expecting a great match on Sunday.

  • alarky on July 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Dhawan is one of the recent batsmen who have come out to play real cricket! I really love his style. I guess if he's given the chance, when he quits, he could find himself in the super-class of batsmen - those who were complete batsmen, in terms of awesome entertainers with their relentless and sustainable strokeplay - their task was to play cricket for spectators and not necessarily for their self glory. I am talking about the Bradman's, Sobers' Viv Richards', Laras, Pietersens, Gilchrists and temperamentally same but technically and consistentcy less Haydens, Jaysurias and Sehwags.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta ; This is Dhawan's "2nd/ second /segundo / दूसरा / δεύτερος" comeback. I just wrote in different languages in case you didn't understand it in English in the first place. Dhawan debuted on 20th of Oct 2010 n scored "zero". Then he was dropped for next several series such as NZ n SA. Then he made his "1st " comeback after 8 months. So this is 2nd comeback. Pls don't embarrass yourself by trying to correct me. Btw You wrote "his weaknesses as a batsmen". It should be "a batsman not batsmen". You should seriously work on your grammar. LOL. You are way outta league here pal. G'day !!!

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Dhawan seems to have learnt from the mistakes he committed from his first stint, playing for his country. There are still a few more kinks to be straightened out. South Africa may turn out to be his finishing school - one way or the other. (I do hope, he will curb his adventurism; which lead to his Delhi senior Sehwag's downfall to a great extent, exasperated further by Veeru's declining reflexes and eye-sight).

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @Blade-Runner. Just like your advice to Dhawan to correct his weaknesses as a batsmen, you should correct your weaknesses as a writer. For Dhawan, it is his second chance to represent India, but his first comeback. Comebacks are always, at least 2nd chance! "2nd comeback" amounts to "3rd chance"! There are many such errors in quite a few of your earlier posts too. You may want to remedy those errors? Don't you? (Any way, hats off to your 'confidence' levels both on the contents of your comments and the manner of their delivery.)

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @Subin P Daniel . I agree with you. This is a tour for trial. This is tour for training in unfamiliar conditions. This is a tour for creating a larger pool to choose from. In that context, I have to re-iterate the comments of many by stating:

    1. We have tried enough with Vinay Kumar, now it is Mohit's turn.

    2. We have given enough trials to Rohit; now it is Pujara's turn.

    3. We had seen enough of Mishra; now it is Rasool's turn.

    I am not saying that Rohit, Mishra & Vinay are no good! By not trying out the other players, the tour selectors are undermining the good intentions, and pretty good moves, of the national selectors. That is a very foolish thing to do!

  • IPSY on July 27, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    alarky, I would only be in agreement with you if you are only speaking about test cricket. Yes, Dhawan does have a solid technique and backs it up with awesome "entertaining" stroke play in the test match that I saw him. Hence, i guess this would be his style throughout his career. That is the factor that separates those names that you mentioned in that super-class of batsmen from the technically "good" batsmen in test cricket. But if you are also talking limited overs cricket, you have left out a lot of great names: The Tendulkars, Bevans, Pontins, Gayles, Jayawardenes, Dhonis and lots more. What puts the former names into this super class is their ability to CONSISTENTLY transfer the way they play in limited overs cricket into test cricket arena with great success. The latter group are overly timid in test cricket and even though they produce some VERY SHORT SPURTS OF ENTERTAINMENT occasionally, they provide real boredom most times when on show!

  • AvidCricFan on July 27, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    India was lucky to get decent performance from Karthik. However, he can't fit in the team as a specialist batsman. In 64 ODIs, he has scored 7 50's and no century at a strike rate of 74. This is not a performance of a specialist batsman. Even in the recent series' his performance has been anything than wanting. Rohit Sharma is still a questionable selection. His performance was acceptable in CTL but has been wanting in WI and now in Zim. It just perplexes me why the players like Pujara and Manoj Tiwari are not given chances. In few chances that Tiwari got, he performed pretty well and Pujara is still waiting to be given chances.

  • on July 27, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    This is a series to give experience to uncapped / inexperienced faces in Indian team. That should be the objective. As there is a massive difference in the quality of both sides , India will definitely win the series , wont be surprised even with a 5-0 score. But what about the actual intentions of sending such a team ? team management has to sit back & think if the objectives set by the selection panel has been met or not. Vinay should be replaced by Mohit Sharma ( playing rest of the 3 matches). Vinay had enough chances , but hasn't utilised properly. So if Kohli want to give him another chance , that should be in the last game , preferably at the expense of Shami Ahamed ( Of course , he is young at this level too , he need to sit out only if Vinay need another go). Among others , Rasool , Pujara, Rayudu & Rahane should play the rest of the matches. Dhawan & Jadeja should be rested for next three & bench out of form Raina as well. I think Kohli will make the changes only after 3-0

  • on July 27, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, You had propagated before Pallekele ODI that it is a fast n bouncy wicket. But Man of Match David Miller quoted, "The wicket was very slow and had a lot of turn. We really had to work hard up front and try and build partnerships and take a little bit longer than normal. This innings means a lot to me."

    Who is right? A player who had played on that pitch or you my dear Blade-Runner? You say "Dhawan's innings included 90% of luck n 10% of talent". Tell me which standards you applied to measure Dhawan's innings of 90% Luck-10% talent? You further say, "need to accept some fair n constructive criticisms".

    Tell me what is this fair n constructive criticism?

  • Srinivash97 on July 27, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Testing time awaits India.Conditions here are similar to that of South Africa. Zimbabwe's bowlers really bowled well initially but didn't get the momentum going.The difference in S.A. will be their bowlers are more experienced. Good to see Mohammed Shami move the ball early, but was unlucky and didn't get any wickets. Expecting a great match on Sunday.

  • on July 27, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Dhawan is like verinder sehwag, his real test would come in South African where ball seem and swing then his technique and concordance will be tested, I still doubt about Indian batting in South Africa

  • screamingeagle on July 27, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Dunno about the constructive and not so constructive comments here. Fact is the team is actually doing quite well, thank you. Maybe they will do well in SA, maybe they will get whipped, who knows. But the fact is that these guys do try and more often than not succeeds. I only hate when the team loses without a fight. Also, moving ball, bouncing ball, whatever, at the moment there are not too many who play the moving ball that well. So instead of trying to find flaws, enjoy the game.

  • on July 27, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    india should play with.. pujara,dhawan,kohli,karthick,ambati,raina,jaddu,razool,misra,jadev,mohit

  • vsroc on July 27, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 27,2013) It is true that everything is working their way for young Team India.Shikar Dhawan capitalised the missed catches and went on to score third ODI century in association with Dinesh Karthik.He displayed his skills intelligently in variable conditions of foreign soil and came out with success with a fine century.This has enabled India to pile up a score closer to 300 runs and then restricted the host within 250.

  • CricketChat on July 27, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I too felt Dhawan was not intentional class after watching him in ODI in his debut series in WI in 2011 where he struggled quite a bit after a fortuitous half century . I felt he played too many shots early in his innings and didn't have the defense and technique for an opener. Credit to him, he worked on his technique and attitude. Coaches and int bowlers will be working overtime to exploit his weaknesses. Hope he keeps his head down and keeps scoring. One good thing about him is, he scores at a good 80+ rate even in tests which should help his team build good scores in quick time.

  • on July 27, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Dear dariuscorny,

    My primary aim to cheer up for fans all over the world for the game of cricket. I don't say ZAK is not brilliant. But unfortunately he is having a lot of injuries these days and fighting with his fitness. In his absence, IND looks forward with Bhuvi, Jadeja, Ashwin & most promising Unadkat. I heard some praise by great Akram for this guy when he was with Knight Riders in IPL. New guys give message-----SHOW MUST GO ON..................

  • karthiksiram on July 27, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @Arbhaskhan Mohammed @bladerunner No ifs and buts business here... My dearest guys! Team India is the winner of 2011WC where we have out beaten a good sri lankan side in the final. We have been no 1 in ICC rankings for more than an year. Added to that we have also won the Champions trophy. This explains the current status of the Indian team. Learn to praise others talents. Be sportive. Be matured...

  • on July 27, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Mr. Mohammed Inconsistent!!Really??I bet all guys like you only remember our 8-0 test failure but In last 5 yrs we have won T20 WC,ODI WC,Champions trophy,Asia cup,Tri series in Australia,have been no. 1 in test for 1 and half yr,currently no. 1 in odi's no.2 in test and no.3 in T20's with one of the best transitions after retirement of our prime cricketers.If india is inconsistent then i don't any other team is consistent in the world right now.

  • on July 27, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I don't know whats with SL'ans.Shikhar scores one century with the help of luck and they all start bragging about it.He scored two centuries in England and became man of the series they forgot.Their own team got out for 167 in their own ground i think they should care about that more because the way i see it Sl'an batsman are most prone when it comes to edging the ball to slips and keeper instead of teaching us how to appreciate our team.

  • Iceman29 on July 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Arbhaskhan Mohammed and Blade Runner: We are not like the Australian team of the 90's or the WI team of 80's but yet we are winning all the series and are a consistent team and as a result we are at #1 and the world champions in shorter formats of the game.....your teams can only dream about that position...

  • Iceman29 on July 27, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @Arbhaskhan Mohammed: Tell me one guy at least in pak cricket team who plays like Dhawan or atleast has half the talent what he has right now....and there are a list of team who fall under the incosistency list like Pak, SL, SA and now Aus.....we still are the world champions and champions of champions....

    @Blade-Runner: you are right somewhat in your comment this time...Dhawan is somewhat like Upul Tharanga he has a weakness in the moving deliveries..but he has an exceptional talent than Upul Tharanga mate...in the long run Dhawan will fix these small flaws in batting but not like Upul Tharanga who has so much experience and still a failure...

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy ; Make no mistake. I never said that he is not talented. But he is not someone his fans or media portray him to be. He is surely not someone extraordinary. His last 10 innings read 48, 68 , 31, 11, 24 , 69, 15, 16, 17 and 116 (which could have been another 14). So, as you can see some of your fellow Indian fans are going overboard here. Aren't they ?? And C'mon bro, How could you say that the pitches prepared for CT were fast n bouncy ? Those English pitches were pretty similar to sub-continent belters. And, I hope you agree with me here that Dhawan are very weak against the swinging deliveries with the bounce, moving away from his body. Btw Dhawan debuted in 2010 and he failed. This is his 2nd come back. So if he doesn't fix his weakness, he won't last long in the Indian playing XI. He will face his real test in SA. I know how to enjoy good cricket, but you also need to accept some fair n constructive criticisms. Peace out !!

  • dariuscorny on July 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar yes IND dont hv Mcgrath,warne but Anderson? do you really think IND never had a bowler of his calibre?,get it man IND had Zak who is way better than him in all conditions and i never rate (most of them) Anderson higher, he is average at best,just depends on conditions heavily,Zak at current age can compete with his bowling.............

  • khiladisher on July 27, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Arbhas Khan- Blade Runner- It is tough when the play starts at 9 in the morning and that too 2 new balls at both ends.As they say great players make their own luck,that's the reason he hung out in tough conditions and made another century.It is not a matter of blindly praising him- His comeback after being years in wilderness ,his aura ,batsmanship and his replacing the Great Sehwag makes him special.Take my word he will end with at least 20 Test Hundreds and 25 One Day Centuries. India have always produced Great Record breaking Batsmen and we are proud of that great tradition is now being carried forward by KOHLI DHAWAN PUJARA AND ROHIT

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 27, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: A person who scored record-braking innings(187) in his first test debut against a country like Australia and stood man of the series in Champions trophy in swinging conditions like England, Averages 43+ in ODI with 3 centuries + 3 half centuries in just 17 innings cannot come to international level only with luck. Tell me at least one single person who has better figures than Shikhar Dhavan in SL team? Today luck favored him, and its a part of the game like how SL won against SA in second ODI with the help of D/L method. learn appreciating good talent.

  • on July 27, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Nobody can beat PAK/SL fans whenever Indian player consistently performs in any condition. It hurts them most when they reminded history of beating IND in Sharjah or SL. The team looked average even of the presence of Sachin, Azhar & Kumble. The TEAM was relied totally on these players. The performance was also GOOD but not as BETTER as since 2000. There was a sudden TRANSFORMATION in IND after elevation of players like SAURAV, DRAVID, YUVI, SEHWAG, BHAJII, KAIF, ZAK at around 1998. The TEAM sought self believes as well as in every other & graph was on the rise. MSD came in 2004 & IND TOTAL DOMINANCE started. IND cricket looked like a force to reckon. The era of SAURAV & MS fought brilliantly against Dominant Oz. Back to back 8-0 drubbing helped IND to counter invisible deficiency. They don't have Magrath, Anderson, Warne or Murli but still they have impression on world cricket now. IND cricket is raising their bar with the time doesn't mean others are descending. Cheer up fans!!!!

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @Arbhaskhan Mohammed ; Absolutely true. Dhawan's innings included 90% of luck n 10% of talent. He still can't play that delivery moving away from his body, just like SL's Upul Tharanga. How many times we've seen he nicked the ball to keeper or slip n got out after his come back. He will be a walking wicket in South Africa for sure. And fans like khiladisher aren't doing any good by blindly praising him. Dhawan has many areas to fix in order to be successful. Zim were so unlucky that they dropped him 3 times. otherwise they could have easily won that match.

  • calcu on July 27, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Despite being an indian fan, I have to agree that had those catches been taken( Or the ball that caught dhawan had not been a no ball ) , Zimbabwe might have won the match, Which would have been embarrasing.

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Nobody can beat Indian fans when they elevate an ordinary cricketer to Himalayan heights based on just one good performance. Thats the reason for the Indian players inconsistency. The players start floating in air and forget their real status. Onr good example is Mr Khiladisher's praise of Shikar Dhavan!

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Monoj can be groomed as all-rounder

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 27, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    It is Indian cricket where some player consistently ignored despite of their good show in field. Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwari are some of them. Dinesh played well against Srilanka in Srilankan tour but he droped for next 2 years. He said keeps his wicket. He done that. He said to play as opener against Eng in Engalnd. He done that and scored hundred in England condition. He done realy well in England tour in Dravid captaincy helped India to win this tour but drooped in test also. But some of Selectors and Many other high profile ex cricketers favorite. Yes that is Rohit Sharma. He consistently given chance despite of his poor show. He played couple of good innings but failed in many matches. But he kept his place by that couple of good innings. Unlike karthik he failed as midle order but he promoted as opener. He played some what well in England n CT. But failed to improve his strike rate. But he will keeps his place till 2015 WC.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 26, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari also done well. He selected for India before Rohith for Bangladesh tour. But he injured and out from team and tour. When Rohith is injured before test against SA, everyone started to tell that incident and also sympathies on Rohith. Manoj also played couple of good innings. 100 against WI. Five wicket against SL. But indian team management only see Rohith's innings. Same thing about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwarwa Pujara. They are good player have scored well in domestic matches and also played well in limited opportunity in international circuit. But keeps on waiting in bench like Manoj. Manoj injured again and went out for 6 month. One good thing about Pujara is that he is selected for test in Dravid's place and may be cemented his place. Pls don't treat Ajinkya and Pujara like Manoj.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 26, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Yes It is Indian cricket where some player consistently ignored despite of their good show in field. Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwari are some of them. Dinesh played well against Srilanka in Srilankan tour but he droped for next 2 years. He said keeps his wicket. He done that. He said to play as opener against Eng in Engalnd. He done that and scored hundred in England condition. He done realy well in England tour in Dravid captaincy helped India to win this tour but drooped in test also. But some of Selectors and Many other high profile ex cricketers favorite. Yes that is Rohit Sharma. He consistently given chance despite of his poor show. He played couple of good innings but failed in many matches. But he kept his place by that couple of good innings. Unlike karthik he failed as midle order but he promoted as opener. He played some what well in England n CT. But failed to improve his strike rate. But he will keeps his place till 2015 WC.

  • khiladisher on July 26, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Dhawan the next Indian Batting Legend.

  • khiladisher on July 26, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Dhawan the next Indian Batting Legend.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 26, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Yes It is Indian cricket where some player consistently ignored despite of their good show in field. Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwari are some of them. Dinesh played well against Srilanka in Srilankan tour but he droped for next 2 years. He said keeps his wicket. He done that. He said to play as opener against Eng in Engalnd. He done that and scored hundred in England condition. He done realy well in England tour in Dravid captaincy helped India to win this tour but drooped in test also. But some of Selectors and Many other high profile ex cricketers favorite. Yes that is Rohit Sharma. He consistently given chance despite of his poor show. He played couple of good innings but failed in many matches. But he kept his place by that couple of good innings. Unlike karthik he failed as midle order but he promoted as opener. He played some what well in England n CT. But failed to improve his strike rate. But he will keeps his place till 2015 WC.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 26, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari also done well. He selected for India before Rohith for Bangladesh tour. But he injured and out from team and tour. When Rohith is injured before test against SA, everyone started to tell that incident and also sympathies on Rohith. Manoj also played couple of good innings. 100 against WI. Five wicket against SL. But indian team management only see Rohith's innings. Same thing about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwarwa Pujara. They are good player have scored well in domestic matches and also played well in limited opportunity in international circuit. But keeps on waiting in bench like Manoj. Manoj injured again and went out for 6 month. One good thing about Pujara is that he is selected for test in Dravid's place and may be cemented his place. Pls don't treat Ajinkya and Pujara like Manoj.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 27, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    It is Indian cricket where some player consistently ignored despite of their good show in field. Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwari are some of them. Dinesh played well against Srilanka in Srilankan tour but he droped for next 2 years. He said keeps his wicket. He done that. He said to play as opener against Eng in Engalnd. He done that and scored hundred in England condition. He done realy well in England tour in Dravid captaincy helped India to win this tour but drooped in test also. But some of Selectors and Many other high profile ex cricketers favorite. Yes that is Rohit Sharma. He consistently given chance despite of his poor show. He played couple of good innings but failed in many matches. But he kept his place by that couple of good innings. Unlike karthik he failed as midle order but he promoted as opener. He played some what well in England n CT. But failed to improve his strike rate. But he will keeps his place till 2015 WC.

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Monoj can be groomed as all-rounder

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Nobody can beat Indian fans when they elevate an ordinary cricketer to Himalayan heights based on just one good performance. Thats the reason for the Indian players inconsistency. The players start floating in air and forget their real status. Onr good example is Mr Khiladisher's praise of Shikar Dhavan!

  • calcu on July 27, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Despite being an indian fan, I have to agree that had those catches been taken( Or the ball that caught dhawan had not been a no ball ) , Zimbabwe might have won the match, Which would have been embarrasing.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @Arbhaskhan Mohammed ; Absolutely true. Dhawan's innings included 90% of luck n 10% of talent. He still can't play that delivery moving away from his body, just like SL's Upul Tharanga. How many times we've seen he nicked the ball to keeper or slip n got out after his come back. He will be a walking wicket in South Africa for sure. And fans like khiladisher aren't doing any good by blindly praising him. Dhawan has many areas to fix in order to be successful. Zim were so unlucky that they dropped him 3 times. otherwise they could have easily won that match.

  • on July 27, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Nobody can beat PAK/SL fans whenever Indian player consistently performs in any condition. It hurts them most when they reminded history of beating IND in Sharjah or SL. The team looked average even of the presence of Sachin, Azhar & Kumble. The TEAM was relied totally on these players. The performance was also GOOD but not as BETTER as since 2000. There was a sudden TRANSFORMATION in IND after elevation of players like SAURAV, DRAVID, YUVI, SEHWAG, BHAJII, KAIF, ZAK at around 1998. The TEAM sought self believes as well as in every other & graph was on the rise. MSD came in 2004 & IND TOTAL DOMINANCE started. IND cricket looked like a force to reckon. The era of SAURAV & MS fought brilliantly against Dominant Oz. Back to back 8-0 drubbing helped IND to counter invisible deficiency. They don't have Magrath, Anderson, Warne or Murli but still they have impression on world cricket now. IND cricket is raising their bar with the time doesn't mean others are descending. Cheer up fans!!!!

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 27, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: A person who scored record-braking innings(187) in his first test debut against a country like Australia and stood man of the series in Champions trophy in swinging conditions like England, Averages 43+ in ODI with 3 centuries + 3 half centuries in just 17 innings cannot come to international level only with luck. Tell me at least one single person who has better figures than Shikhar Dhavan in SL team? Today luck favored him, and its a part of the game like how SL won against SA in second ODI with the help of D/L method. learn appreciating good talent.