To be honest, its really high time that these boys buck up & start performing far more better than they are performing right now.
Dhawan has not only turned out to be a boring batsman but also a one match wonder. Apart from his famous debut where he almost scored a quikfire 187 against Australia, Shikhar has been highly inconsistent. Lack of technique, poor form, boring approach and conviction towards the game, all these factors are haunting his career right now. It was like as if he fooled everybody after his debut to believe in him that he will do such sort of batting everytime. Moreover, Dhawan has been continously given a long run by the Indian selectors despite just average perfomance in ODI’s and below average perfomance in tests. Apart from his centurey on debut, Dhawan only has 3 hundreds in last 22 test matches.
Vijay hardly averages 40 as an Opener who has played over 35 Tests for India. That is not an average to boast about especially as a Top-order batsman but still he is regarded as the fixed as well as most dependable openers in the Indian team. Let’s see if Vijay improves in the future. Apart from averaging 21 in ODI’s, Vijay only 6 test centuries in over 40 Test matches so far in his career!
To call him a full time batsman would be like calling Shahid Afridi a complete perfect batsman and to call him a full-time spinner also does not to justice. Jadeja is good at both but excels at nothing. That’s his dilemma and India is still in the search of a genuine all-rounder. Average of 21 in tests & just over 1800 runs & 10 fifties in over 125 ODI’s doesn’t make sense either.
Binny has showned glimpses of talent but has not been able to replicate success on a consistent basis. No doubt, he is a clean hitter of the ball & we wish he improves his game and gets what he deserves.
Shami has been consistently battling fitness issues and at the age of 30 he has just managed to play ODI’s and Tests for India. Despite being talented, he has been a letdown in many ways for India.
Another bowler who can genuinely clock 145 kms an hour, but in his career spanning almost 4 years, he has just played 9 tests and 9 ODI’s. Poor form and fitness has troubled this talented fast bowler a lot.
Average of just above 30 in 18 Tests doesn’t do justice to this many opportunities sharma keeps on getting in tests. Also he hasn’t been phenomenal in ODI’s either. The whole of India as well as the selectors are just waiting when Rohit will fully utilize his talent and when he will start performing consistently. Till then he has been getting and will keep on getting chances! Lucky boy indeed!
Another cricketer who is nearing 30 but has hardly played any International cricket. Mohit Sharma has not been able to replicate his success for the national side which he did for the cash rich IPL. Sharma has’nt played a single test and has just played 26 ODI’s in his career spanning almost 5years.
India has retained Ishant Sharma only for one reason that they don’t have any other options to get another fast bowler or to replace him. India really has a big shortage of fast bowlers & is struggling since decades to find a genuine fast bowler who can play 100 Tests and around 200 ODI’s. That is the only reason Ishant sharma has managed to play 72 Tests but only has 209 wickets to his name whereas most of the bowlers complete the 300 or 350 mark by this time. Ishant Sharma has also played only 40 to 50% of the ODI’s (80 ODI’s in last 9 years) out of the total number of ODI’s he could have played so far in his career.
Just like Varun Aaron, Yadav struggles with inconsistency, fitness and form and rightly explains India’s struggle to find a genuine fast bowler who can play consistently. In a career started more than half a decade ago, just look at the number of matches he has played so far! Only 57 ODI’s and 19 Tests in 6 years!