Sunil Gavaskar or Shikhar Dhawan

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his doubts about Shikhar Dhawan’s return to the T20 before this year’s World Cup in Australia. The Indian giant believes that it is unlikely that the Southern Lab will rework into a dispute and perform at this year’s T20 Men’s World Tournament.

“No. I don’t see his name coming out,” Gavaskar said in a broadcast during the recently completed T20I series for India and South Africa.

“If it were to show up, it would be in this cadre (playing with Ireland). A lot of the boys went to England and he could be in this cadre. If he is not in this cadre, I do not see that he will end up in the mix (for the T20 World Cup ).

Dhawan last played the T20I for India in July 2021, leading a young team in three T20Is in Sri Lanka. The 36-year-old has only been in six T20Is for India since 2020, and has been replaced by KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan in the Indian T20 squad in the starting position alongside Captain Rohit Sharma.

Sunil Gavaskar believes that Dhawan is unlikely to appear on the Indian team at the T20 World Championships later this year. (AP Photo / Halden Krog)

Meanwhile, in the last three IPL seasons, Dhawan has reached 1,665 rides. He came under scrutiny for his number of strikes, which only hit 122 this season.

Most of the Indian team that appeared in the South African series will travel to Ireland this week for the T20I series double match, while another contingent of players is already in England and is preparing for a one-off test in early July. Although Dhawan was eliminated from the T20 and Test teams, he still remains a key member of the Indian ODI squad and was the top scorer in the ODI triple match in South Africa earlier this year.

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