According to a top BCCI official. Rahul Dravid Head Coach made the choice to look beyond Shikhar Dhawan, and the selectors agreed. According to the person, the former India captain told Dhawan of his non-selection before the selectors convened on Sunday.
Shikhar Dhawan Dropped from SA Series
Shikhar Dhawan’s return to the Indian T20I lineup for the South Africa series sparked a lot of speculation, given regulars Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were expected to be rested in order to prepare and fly to England early for the postponed fifth Test match.
Rahul Dravid Head Coach took a Tough Decision
Dhawan also had the numbers on his side. For the seventh year in a row, the left-hander has scored more than 450 runs in the IPL. In fact, Dhawan has been so good at the top of the order for any team that his 460 runs in 14 matches in the IPL 2022 were his lowest in six years. In most IPL seasons, he scores more than 500 runs.
According to reports, the left-hander was in line to be named captain of the side for the five-match T20 series against South Africa, but the selectors’ decision to keep KL Rahul in the squad may have changed the scheme of things, as the right-hander was given command of the 18-member India squad sans Dhawan. Rahul Dravid Head Coach
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Dhawan’s absence from the Indian team with less than five months until the T20 World Cup in Australia this year was a clear indicator that the left-hander is now not in the team management’s plans for the showcase tournament.
Apart from the exclusion of Dhawan, there were no significant surprises in the Indian selection for the South Africa series. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik, both young pacers, earned their first India call-ups after their outstanding performances in the IPL, while Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik returned to the Indian team.
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