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Will West Indies tour be a last series for Shikhar Dhawan?

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Published on 21 July 2016 12:25 PM GMT

Will West Indies tour be a last series for Shikhar Dhawan?
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Anitgua: Owing to inconsistent performance in last two seasons, Indian Cricket team opener Shikhar Dhawan will be playing to save his place in the Test Cricket.

Despite getting plenty of chances, Indian opener has failed to utilize the opportunities. Whether it is World T20 or Asia Cup or any other big series, the upsetting show of Dhawan is a cause of concern now.

With Lokesh Rahul’s consistency with the bat, Shikhar Dhawan could well be seen making way for him.

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In the longest format of the game, Dhawan has a string of low scores since 2014 and Test reputation of 30-year old batsman is under scanner.

In a four-Test match series against England on their soil, the left-handed batsman scored just 37 runs in six innings. Dhawan failed to score any big score in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series, leaving him to lose his place in the fourth Test match to young KL Rahul, who scored a smart ton in a crucial game.

Dhawan, however, put a stop over the speculations of him being dropped and scored 412 runs with two centuries and a fifty in the 2015 World Cup.

On the other hand, KL Rahul has exploited every arriving chance by playing some awe-inspiring knocks both in ODIs and Tests.

In Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2016 also, the ghost of inconsistency had not parted ways with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener as he either failed to score and when scored, he took plenty of deliveries which affected team’s total in the shortest format of the game.

Interestingly, there also, KL Rahul used the given chances and posted some spectacular performances for the Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The West Indies tour of India seems to be a do-or-die affair for Shikhar Dhawan as with Murali Vijay maintaining his consistency and KL Rahul having an eye on the opening slot, the left-handed batsman has to rediscover his touch.

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