Shikhar Dhawan has been criticized a lot off late for his batting failures. But the very latest criticism levied on him by a commentator is of the highest order. Shikhar had lost his batting spot to the talented KL Rahul, but Rahul’s injury came as a much wanted lifeline for Shikhar.
Expectations were huge on Dhawan’s shoulders, and Dhawan did what he always does; not fulfilling those expectations. Virat had given him a chance inspite of having a senior opener like gambhir in the team.
One of the Hindi commentators named Bablu Chaurasia has accused Dhawan of creating a bad name in history books. Apparently, in the 2nd test match Dhawan became the first cricketer in history to get injured while returning from the batting crease to the pavilion after spending just 2-3 minutes on the crease.
This is a serious record and no one will come close to break it in the several years to come. Shikhar is proud to finally have his name carved in the history of the gentleman’s game. BCCI will felicitate him when he plays next, which by the way might take some while, given his present form.
Rio Olympics was a disaster for the Indian contingent. But there was a silver lining produced by Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu. Many kids across India had started pursuing badminton and wrestling training. Kids were flocking various academies to get training from best coaches in India. Everyone wanted their kids to become the next Sakshi and Sindhu.
But everything has changed now. After the release of the MSD biopic children have developed even more love for cricket. They are deregistering themselves from badminton and registering at various cricket academies. Even parents are influenced by Dhoni’s story and want their children to emulate MSD.
Wrestling and badminton academies are suffering as children who had joined way back have also started showing keen interest in cricket. According to a survey done by our talented journalist Mr. Harneet Ahuja, 20% boys who were playing badminton 1 year back have shifted base to cricket.
Cricket academies are not complaining and all credit goes to the amazing life story of the man himself, MSD. Even cricketers who played 2-3 first class matches in their entire career are opening up academies to admit as many kids as possible. Pullela Gopichand is very disappointed by the growing trend and he wants a producer to make a film on him to promote badminton again.
Well, a movie on badminton should be on the cards now.