Dhawal should play in the remaining Sri Lanka ODIs

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 12, 2014
Dhawal Kulkarni should be in the playing XI for India for the third One Day International game against Sri Lanka this Sunday. The right arm medium pacer from Mumbai is one of the contenders for a place in the World Cup team, but, he has not been given chances. He played just one match in England in which he was okay. He was wicket less, but, bowled with an economy of 5 which was par. However, on that performance, nobody can judge him. It was just a one off. If the selectors are serious about him with the World cup in mind, he must get a couple of games in this Sri Lanka series.

Those who have seen Dhawal closely in Mumbai cricket reckon that he is the perfect bowler to have in Australia-New Zealand. He is not a swing bowler like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami.  He is a seam bowler. He comes in hard, hits the deck and gets sideways movement after pitching the ball, not in the air and you need to do that only in the down under conditions. 

There will not be that much movement in the air in Australia/New Zealand.  For a few minutes, the new ball will obviously move around, but, not after that and thus, the swing bowlers will be slightly easier to face in compared to the seam bowlers like Dhawal. And, with the A team, Dhawal has been quite successful in Australia. It’s his performance there which had got him picked for the England One Day series. So, he has the idea of the conditions. 

It’s up to the selectors though to decide if they want to persist with Ishant Sharma or give Dhawal a go. Ishant has done well against Sri Lanka picking 4 wickets in the first game, but, most of those wickets were of the lower order players.
Last updated - Nov 12, 2014 1:36 am

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