Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan once again became the butt of jokes after his horrendous outing with the bat during a recently-concluded three-day practice game against Essex. After being dismissed for a first-ball duck on the day one of India’s only practice game at Chelmsford, Dhawan failed to open his account in the second innings as well and lasted for just three deliveries on the crease. Also Read - Virat Kohli Credits Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri For Helping Him to Become Top Test Batsman
The 32-year old bagged a pair of ducks in the first and only practice match ahead of the five-match Test series against England. With first Test just days away, Dhawan’s form is a major point of concern for the visitors, who are eyeing a comeback after ODI drubbing by the hands of England. Also Read - India vs West Indies 2018, 1st Test at Rajkot: I Was Ready For Debut Even in England, Says Prithvi Shaw
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In the first innings, the stylish southpaw was dismissed by Essex pacer Matt Coles while edging a full-length delivery straight to the wicketkeeper. Whereas in the second innings on Friday, medium pacer Matthew Quinn rattled the stumps of the left-handed opener in the second over of Indian innings.
In the past as well, Dhawan had problems with the swinging delivery as he has continuously struggled in challenging conditions. He failed to make a mark when India toured England back in 2014. The Delhi-born batsman was dropped from the playing XI in South Africa. Given his problem against the swinging delivery, he might once again have to warm the benches at least for the first Test.
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After bagging a pair in the practice game, Dhawan came under the scanner and also got trolled on Twitter for his poor show. Here is how Twitteratti trolled the 32-year-old player opening batsman:
With KL Rahul showing glimpses of his top form in the practice game against Essex, it would be a difficult for India captain Virat Kohli to overlook the Karnataka batsman while choosing the playing XI for the first Test which starts on August 1 in Birmingham.