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India vs England: Shikhar Dhawan Doesn’t Want To Change His Game, Fumes Sunil Gavaskar

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The Indian batting unit incurred a dramatic collapse in both the innings of the first Test against England at Edgbaston and although the team came close to securing a win over the hosts, it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for skipper Virat Kohli. Having said that, Kohli’s heroics couldn’t cover the embarrassing innings from other top and middle-order batsmen. One of the flops from the first Test was opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, and fuming over his refusal to change the style of play for the longer format, Sunil Gavaskar said that the left-hander “simply does not want to change his game”.

In his two innings, Dhawan scored 26 and 13, respectively and despite getting starts in both the matches the batsmen fell cheaply, courtesy poor shot selections. The left-hander was also slammed by his IPL franchise mentor VVS Laxman earlier after his early dismissal in the first innings in the first Test.

Gavaskar, explaining the problem in Shikhar’s approach towards batting in the longer format, said that the 31-year-old plays the sort of shots that work in ODI cricket but doing the same in Tests would only result into his dismissal.

“He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon. But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas condition,” he was quoted as saying by India Today.

Going into the third Test, Virat Kohli will have the responsibility to change the fortunes of the team. Only Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni are the previous Indian captains to have won a Test match at Lord’s and Kohli will be hoping to become the third one to do so. Gavaskar, tipping India for the third Test, said that Kohli needs to win the toss and elect to bat first.

“For India to win the Lord’s Test, they need to win the toss and elect to bat first. Look what had happened in the third Test at Johannesburg last year when South Africa batting last against India collapsed before reaching 200. Most of the teams are struggling to chase even a total anywhere near 200 in the final innings. England too might have struggled if they were chasing in place of India in the first Test at Edgbaston,” he added.

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