As the ICC World Cup 2023 approaches, discussions surrounding the potential inclusion of experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian squad have taken center stage. However, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has expressed doubts about the left-hander’s chances of making it to the prestigious tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan’s last appearance for the Indian team dates back to December 2022, in an ODI match against Bangladesh. Despite his past contributions and impressive performances in previous ICC tournaments, the veteran opener seems to be facing an uphill battle to secure a spot in the World Cup squad.
While there were speculations that Dhawan might be considered for the upcoming Asian Games, the Indian selectors ultimately opted for a young side, favoring Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal as the preferred opening batter choices. This decision has led to doubts about Dhawan’s potential comeback for the World Cup.
Aakash Chopra, a renowned cricket analyst and former Indian opener, has made a compelling case for Dhawan’s inclusion in the World Cup squad, highlighting his past effectiveness in ICC tournaments. Dhawan has been a key performer for India in previous global events, making a significant impact with his aggressive batting style and solid partnerships at the top of the order.
However, Chopra also acknowledged the realities of the selection process, expressing his concerns that Dhawan’s name is missing from the recent team lists for both the West Indies tour and the Asian Games. In his YouTube channel, Chopra candidly stated, “Shikhi boy’s name should have been on this list, but it seems like it won’t be there because his name is not there for the West Indies tour as well and you didn’t put his name for the Asian Games too. Aisa lagta hain ke team ne mooh mod sa liya hain (So it seems like the team has turned away from him).”
The exclusion from recent team selections and the preference for younger talent have raised questions about Dhawan’s future with the national side. As the Indian team looks to build a formidable squad for the ICC World Cup 2023, the competition for spots in the playing XI becomes intense, and selectors are tasked with making tough decisions.
While Dhawan’s impressive track record in ICC tournaments might work in his favor, he faces stiff competition from the emerging young talents in Indian cricket. The World Cup remains a pinnacle event for any cricketer, and Dhawan will be keenly hoping for an opportunity to showcase his skills on the grand stage once again.
As the selection process unfolds, cricket enthusiasts and fans of Shikhar Dhawan will be keeping a close eye on the developments, eager to see if the veteran opener will get another chance to represent India at the ICC World Cup 2023.