Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had suggested KL Rahul, and not Shikhar Dhawan, should open the innings alongside Murali Vijay in the upcoming five-Test series against England.
“I would go with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul as openers in the Test series. Shikhar Dhawan is a good ODI player, and he was in decent touch during the ODI series as well. However, when he opens in Test cricket in overseas conditions, he doesn’t have a good record, be it South Africa, England or Australia,” Ganguly had said while speaking to a news channel.
Seems like the team management should consider Dada’s advice seriously as Dhawan, the seasoned opener, has failed horribly in the three-day tour game against Essex at Chelmsford. The left-handed batsman on Wednesday fell for a golden duck in the first innings. He was deceived by the in-swinger from Matt Coles as the ball took the inside edge of the bat and the wicketkeeper took it comfortably behind the stumps.
This is how Dhawan got caught behind in first innings:
In the second innings, Dhawan did not trouble the scorers as he lasted just three balls in the second innings before getting bowled to a peach of a delivery from Quinn on Friday. After getting beaten on the first ball, the Delhi lad survived the scare in the second ball as well, before the next one rattled against the off stump.
Watch Dhawan’s dismissal in the second innings:
At the time of filing this story, India were 53-2 at Tea in their second innings in reply to Essex’s 359-8. The Virat Kohli-led side had scored 395 in their first innings.