Former Indian Captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday lashed out at the Indian team management for axing opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan from playing 11 for the second test against England at Lord’s. The decision came after Dhawan’s poor performance in the first test at Edgbaston.
Continuing with the tradition of making changes in playing 11 for every match, Indian captain Virat Kohli announced to bring back Cheteshwar Pujara. KL Rahul will open the batting innings with Murali Vijay, while Kuldeep Yadav replaced fast bowler Umesh Yadav.
“I don’t agree with this decision (to drop Shikhar Dhawan). Shikhar Dhawan is always being made the scapegoat. In the last match, he scored more runs than Murali Vijay,” Gavaskar said on Sony’s broadcast.
“It is not right to drop him after every match. If you have to drop him after every match, why do you take him on tour?”
Former fast bowler Ashish Nehra also echoed with Gavaskar's thoughts and said that Dhawan should get a long rope.
Nehra said that the trend of dropping players after every match will set a bad example and will create undue pressure on all the players.