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England is in great form as they bowled out India for 130 runs in the second innings to win the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on the fourth day of the play on Sunday. Fans and former crickters are disappointed by India’s performance against the English team.
The former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar also questioned the decision to drop opener Shikhar Dhawan for the second test against England at Lord’s. He was disappointed with the fact that Shikhar Dhawan was the batsman who scored nearly as many as runs as M Vijay and KL Rahul combined in the first test at Edgbaston, which India lost by 31 runs.
Gavaskar was not happy with the decision to drop Dhawan. "My point about Dhawan is that he is always dropped after one Test," Gavaskar told Mumbai Mirror. "Others get another opportunity. He should have also got a second chance. If you look at the scores in the first Test, he scored more runs than Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. So, what are the criteria?"
Gavaskar said that Dhawan gave India's line-up variety as he is a left-handed batsman. He also felt that a sixth specialist batsman should have been played instead of fielding four bowlers and Hardik Pandya operating as a batting allrounder. "It (selection) should be according to the pitch. It should be six batsmen where you don't know what the opposition has in store for you.
"He [Dhawan] is a left-hander. If he was a right-hander, I can understand that you want to go with the younger option of Rahul. He should have been retained and the team should have strengthened the batting. In Australia, South Africa and England, you need to go with six batsmen in the first Test."
This is the second time Gavaskar has questioned team management’s decision. Earlier this week, he had been critical of India's lack of preparation before playing the test series as they played just a single three-day practice match.
Virendra Sehwag was also quite disappointed after India lose the match by an innings. He shared his feelings on Twitter and hopes that India will make a comeback in the upcoming matches.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very poor from India. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to comeback from this.</p>— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) <a href="https://twitter.com/virendersehwag/status/1028697519759548417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 12, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Author: Amit Singh
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