Shikhar Dhawan was distraught after being dismissed by Milne. (P.C.:Twitter)

"Sorry to say but Shikhar Dhawan is finished"- Fans slam Dhawan for pace of his knock in 3rd ODI vs NZ

Team India's stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan couldn't quite cash in on his start as he departed for just 28 off 45 deliveries in the third ODI against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

It was a tactic by Dhawan to run down the track every now and then to ensure that the Kiwi bowlers didn't settle into a line and length. However, he got himself into a tangle while doing the same against Adam Milne and could only inside edge the ball onto his pads and back to the stumps.


Fans on Twitter were disappointed to see Dhawan play yet another innings with a poor strike rate. Here are some of the reactions:

Totally different game after this tweet. He looked to be positive but looked like a cat on a hot tin roof for the second half of his stay #NZvIND
India have attacked a lot today, actually. Dhawan for example alternated between going deep in the crease and running down the track, sometimes moving away to cut. Missed about every second ball, maybe more. Two attacking shots came off that made his score look semi decent…
Very difficult batting conditions today. Ball swung a decent amount early but has been seaming all over the shop. Slow outfield to start meant chips over the infield didn’t produce too many runs. Acceptable score in the PP given that and the attack.
Dhawan vs Gill in the series they played together
(avg / sr)

Dhawan -
56 / 82.4 in WI
77 / 76.2 in Zim
8.3 / 50 against SA
34.3 / 78 in NZ

Gill -
102.5 / 102.5 in WI
122.5 / 120.7 in Zim
26.7 / 88.9 against SA
54 / 83.7 against NZ

Powerplay SR
Dhawan - 68
Gill - 91.7
Sorry to Say but Shikhar Dhawan is Finished. Punjab Kings Needs a Proper Backup of Dhawan. 🥹
Dhawan was trying hard to get himself in a tangle and he succeeds. The pressure will mount to keep churning those runs to be in good rhythm.
@BCCI Dhawan starts his innings too slow, and this will cost him his place in the Indian team. Poor innings from the captain.
I am again saying I am Disappointing with Dhawan's approach. If you take the first few balls then you need to go till the end. Otherwise go to attack from first ball #INDvsNZ
@mufaddal_vohra Dhawan & Pant have their days numbered untill & unless selection & team management continue to turn a blind eye

But, Sanju & Gill aren't even in squad for BAN series & KL should bat at 5. So, both Dhawan & Pant will continue in XI
After this Dhawan should retire,
pant should play domestic. Choose anyone between iyer,Sky and kl at 4 and 5.Shubhman should open with Rohit. #Pant #sanju
With due respect to Dhawan, if he continues to bat with this approach in the next 2 series, I don't see how he can continue in full strength XI. Hope he finds his pre 2019 touch soon enough.…
Shikhar Dhawan dismissed for 28 in 45 balls.

Shikhar Dhawan's place in ODI team might be under threat

Shubman Gill has been absolutely sensational over the past few months in ODIs, and that has raised quite an intriguing debate about who Rohit Sharma's partner in the 2023 World Cup will be.

Shikhar Dhawan plays just one format for India and although he has scored a truckload of runs, his strike rate has been under the scanner of late. With ODI cricket moving at a quicker pace, it has become crucial for openers to accelerate once they get off to a good start.


Dhawan had a good chance in the third ODI to build on his cautious start, as he had done all the hard work of seeing off the new ball. He would be disappointed with his shot selection and rue the missed opportunity to get a big score.

India XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.

New Zealand XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

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