Why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 Squad?

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Why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

BCCI announced the Indian Cricket Team squad for Asia Cup 2022 which  is scheduled to begin in UAE on June 27. The Asia Cup will start just after the conclusion of India vs Zimbabwe ODI series. Rohit Sharma has been named captain of India’s 15-member squad for the Asia Cup. Shikhar Dhawan has failed to get a place in Indian Squad for Asia Cup 2022. Fans are quite upset with his omission and want to know the reason as to Why Shikhar Dhawan is not selected in India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022?

india asia cup squad
india asia cup squad

India’s Asia Cup 2022 Squad

Rohit Sharma (Capt ), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.

Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar have been named as standbys.

Why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022?

Dhawan has always been the most underrated player of Indian Cricket team. He has not get a place in the squad for Asia Cup because he is out of Indian T20 team for a long time. The likes of KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan have replaced Dhawan. However, he is still in the plans of selectors for ODI format.

On September 9, India’s squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was announced by the selectors. Few surprising names were missing from the 15-member squad. Some names were also there that no one had expected. One of the biggest names to be excluded from the T20 World Cup squad is Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan has been a regular starter for the Indian team in the white-ball teams since 2013 but didn’t find a place in the T20 WC squad announced on Thursday. Shikhar Dhawan’s exclusion from the 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2021 was shocking because he was leading the Blues just two months back. The more shocking thing is that he isn’t even there on the standby list. His absence from the T20 squad has left his fans in a bitter mood. In this article, we will show why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.

Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t even able to make the stand-by list as the BCCI selection committee confirmed the India squad for T20 World Cup. India will be going into an ICC event without their most senior opener of the present team. Dhawan has been one of India’s most consistent players in the ICC tournaments. Therefore, the selectors’ decision to not include him even among the reserves has left many surprised. But why Shikhar Dhawan is not in t20 squad?

India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami

Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Although, the selectors have not stated any particular reason behind Dhawan’s exclusion from the squad. However, with our detailed analysis of the situation, we can tell you the reasons behind his exclusion.

Why Shikhar Dhawan is not in T20 Squad of India’s World Cup team?

Shikhar Dhawan has been a regular member of the team since 2013 but his performances in T20s have fallen in the past couple of years. However, he improved his performances in IPL last year. In the last season of IPL, he was the highest run-scorer of the tournament. In the first phase of IPL 2021 also, he was the highest run-getter. However, his efforts were not enough to secure him a position in the squad.

Dhawan’s conservative approach

Why Shikhar Dhawan is not in T20 Squad of India's World Cup team - Dhawan's conservative approach
Why Shikhar Dhawan is not in T20 Squad of India’s World Cup team – Dhawan’s conservative approach

The pace at which Dhawan build up his innings is the reason for his non-selection. Shikhar Dhawan’s conservative batting approach might be the reason behind his omission from India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad. The player’s conservative batting approach might not serve the team’s purposes and therefore other aggressive players were chosen ahead of him. Ishan Kishan was preferred over Shikhar Dhawan due to his fearless batting. The Indian selectors wanted an aggressive Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan is a proper ODI player and is often a slow starter. He takes his time to get his eye in and then gradually accelerating. The method is perfect for the 50-over game but not so for the 20-over format.

Tough competition for the opening spot

Why Shikhar Dhawan is not in T20 Squad of India's World Cup team - Tough competition for the opening spot
Why Shikhar Dhawan is not in T20 Squad of India’s World Cup team – Tough competition for the opening spot

Indian Cricket Team has an unbelievable squad depth. In the past month, one team was playing Test in England while the other was playing against Sri Lanka in ODI’s. There were plenty of options available for the opening spot. It was clear that Rohit Sharma is one of them. The competition was for the spot of the second opener. The management decided to go with KL Rahul. Even Virat Kohli is also in contention to open for India in the T20 World Cup. The skipper opens for RCB in IPL. It would have been unwise to push Rahul down the order.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are likely to open the innings for India in World Cup, the options of using Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan as openers also exist. Both of them have been efficiently doing this for their respective IPL franchises.

But one thing which might hurt the fans is that Dhawan was not selected even as a replacement opener. 

Although, opener Shikhar Dhawan did not get a place in the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup but he came in the Dubai International Stadium in order to cheer for his teammates against Pakistan in the first match of the tournament.

Shikhar Dhawan came to cheer in T20 World Cup 2021
Shikhar Dhawan came to cheer in T20 World Cup 2021