Indian Bowlers faced a stern test from the English batsman, something they have not faced in the last 2-3 years of spin dominated test matches. Losing the toss came down heavily on the team’s moral as India gave over 500 runs after quite a long time.
But Indian batsman were up to the task and Murli Vijay and Gambhir made sure the test match is not over yet. Skipper Virat Kohli gave full credit for India’s batting to Shikhar Dhawan for not playing the test due to injury, or else India would be 63 for 1 wicket. Shikhar has been completely out of form in recent test matches and He has given his wicket too easily for the liking of Indian team management.
Shikhar’s absence has been a blessing in disguise for the Indian batsman as they have now not lost the first wicket too early to not recover back. 3rd day will be very crucial and with Shikhar Dhawan not in the team, Indian team has the upper hand. We should all thank Dhawan for this kind gesture as not many batsman have the guts to accept their failure and sit out of the team.
On the eve of the 3rd test match to be played in Indore, test captain Virat Kohli has shown faith in Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir has been scoring heavily in the domestic circuit and deserved a final chance, which he will want to grab with both hands.
Kohli had never doubted the abilities of Gambhir as a cricketer and has given him an added responsibility on his came back. He wants Gautam to be the finisher in test cricket.
He wants Gautam to finish the career of Shikhar Dhawan. He wants Gautam to score so many runs that it becomes impossible for Shikhar to make a comeback.
Gambhir has never finished anyone’s career till now, though he tries to finish his own by showing constant frustrations on the ground. This is a great chance for him to seal his place as a finisher. He was seen practicing hard on the eve of the match, in fact he dint allow anyone else to bat in the nets. He had to be taken out of the nets by Anil Kumble and Sanjay Bangar to allow others to practice.
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.