Shikhar Dhawan's form these days is as unpredictable as the Delhi weather. One day runs come pouring in with Gabbar sending the ball racing for the boundary on every second delivery, the next day, he seems to lose all his talent and walks off the pitch with a duck.March 10, 2019
Regardless of the beauty of an innings that the Indian opener produced yesterday, the fact of the matter is that his undependable performances have left a bad taste in the mouth of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the team selectors.
It has not only led to cricket pundits questioning his spot in the Indian roster for the ICC World Cup come May, but has also cost him a fortune, as he was demoted from the A+ Category to A Category, taking away Rs. 2 cr. from his annual pay cheque, according to the numbers recently released by the Indian cricket board.
@bcci india's poor fielding once again lost the match for india. Once again it was shikhar dhawan who dropped a simple catch.— Joy Kumar Naskar (@JoyKumarNaskar7) March 10, 2019
After the disappointing loss yesterday, the southpaw dropped a potential game-winning catch in the final overs of the match following a drop by the bowling-all rounder Kedar Jadhav on the previous delivery.
"First of all, I don't read newspapers and I don't take information which I don't want to. So I don't know what's happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going," the 33-year-old athlete told the media after the match, knowing that he would be criticised.
On the other hand, while other players take the criticism and all the negative comments in the world way too seriously, it is somewhat important, rather necessary, to dust the dirt off and begin again. In a game as dynamic as cricket, form comes and goes with time. What keeps the player afloat is their ability to continue to do their thing no matter what. Tendulkar did it, Ganguly did it, Dhoni continues to do it on a regular basis.
But time is of essence right now. With the World Cup just a couple of months away, Dhawan cannot afford to lose his game, especially when talented players like Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant are on standby and KL Rahul returning to his prime self steadily.