Saba Karim and Shikhar Dhawan
Saba Karim and Shikhar Dhawan. (Picture Supply: Getty Photographs)

When India and South Africa sq. off within the second ODI encounter in Ranchi, Shihar Dhawan, the stand-in captain of India, could have his work reduce out for him. A loss right here can be the tip for Dhawan and his workforce as a result of India beforehand misplaced the primary recreation in Lucknow. The guests handed India a 9-run defeat to take a 1-0 lead within the sequence.

Talking of ‘finish’, it is cheap to imagine that Shikhar Dhawan’s T20I profession is completed, however the identical can’t be mentioned of him within the ODI format, as he’s an everyday determine within the 50-over recreation. Former India wicketkeeper, and in addition a former selector, Saba Karim s sure that Dhawan will play for India within the 2023 World Cup and open the batting lineup alongside Rohit Sharma.

“Shikhar Dhawan’s place within the workforce has been confirmed. There’s no have to put strain on him on a regular basis. There will probably be one or two matches the place he received’t rating runs. I feel the selectors have determined that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan would be the openers within the subsequent 50-over World Cup,” he mentioned on India Information.

However Hardik Pandya is a batting all-rounder, whereas Shardul Thakur is a bowling all-rounder: Karim

As well as, he added that Shardul Thakur, 30, would possibly lose his spot towards Hardik Pandya as a result of the previous will not be a strike pacer in ODIs. Along with having stronger all-around abilities, Pandya additionally has the capability to bat within the center order, in line with him. In distinction, Thakur’s batting has had its ups and downs.

“He’s a really helpful participant. However Hardik Pandya is a batting all-rounder, whereas Shardul Thakur is a bowling all-rounder. That’s an enormous distinction. We are able to certainly groom Shardul. However I don’t see him turning into India’s No.1 of No.2 bowler in white-ball cricket. He can solely play as a 3rd seamer. If he can bat nicely, will probably be an added benefit,” Karim added.

The choice course of will probably be made harder by Deepak Chahar’s absence for the second ODI in Ranchi, which is a do-or-die recreation for the Males in Blue.