Sanjay Manjrekar believes Shikhar Dhawan has lagged behind in the race to open a seat in the T20I for India. The Southerner was knocked out for the second T20I against England after scoring four of 12 balls in the first game.
Replacement of Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, won praise for his performance in his debut game, breaking an impressive 56 of 32 balls leading India to a seven-run victory in the second T20I.
Speaking about the competition for top-ranked places, Sanjay Manjrekar believes Shikhar Dhawan will have a hard time getting a place next to Rohit Sharma.
“Rohit Sharma will surely return to the top. This (competition by places) is good news for Indian cricket, but you can imagine the pressure that players have to feel. They have to deliver in almost every game. Someone who took last place in this race (for starting slot) is Shikhar Dhawan.Ishan Kishan jumped forward. KL Rahul will have to show some shape. So it’s like music chairs. “Manjrekar said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.
With the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year, appearances in the current series could largely decide the fate of the players regarding their place in the World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan usually manages to improve his game for ICC events and his experience cannot be ignored. However, Manjrekar believes he is unlikely to apply for a seat in the T20I.
Sanjay Manjrekar believes KL Rahul must feel the pressure
Although KL Rahul was seen as an established player in the Indian T20 line-up, Manjrekar said the Karnataka striker could feel the pressure after his recent failures.
“Something that amazes me is that a player who seems like a superstar just two weeks ago could suddenly be vulnerable. That thing is happening to KL Rahul. Now he’s seen two failures. If you just keep going on his last two appearances, he has to feel the pressure . “added Manjrekar.
Ishan Kishan’s fearless approach in the second T20I undoubtedly opened the race wide for the starting slot. It remains to be seen who will cement their place at the top of the standings by entering the T20 World Cup.