Why Shikhar Dhawan is not included in India’s Squad for Ireland T20 series?

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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 T20 series against Ireland which  is scheduled to begin in Dublin on June 26. The T20 series will start just after the conclusion of India vs South Africa series. Many senior players have been rested for the series against both South Africa and Ireland. In the absence of senior players, Hardik Pandya has been named captain of India’s 17-member squad for the T20I series against Ireland. Pandya will make his captaincy debut for team India with this series. Hardik led his team Gujarat Titans to the trophy in their debut season of IPL. This is one of the major reasons behind his appointment as captain of Indian team. Shikhar Dhawan has failed to get a place in Indian T20I Squad for Ireland Tour. 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 Ireland T20 series?

India T20I Squad for Ireland Tour

India T20I Squad for Ireland Tour

India Squad: Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

India vs Ireland T20 Schedule 2022

First T20I- June 26, Malahide

Second T20I- June 28, Malahide

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

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

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

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