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Posted at: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM; last updated: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM (IST)

Why aren’t Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket, asks Gavaskar

Why aren’t Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket, asks Gavaskar

New Delhi, December 4

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has asked why Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni have been allowed to skip domestic cricket, especially with the World Cup just six months away. Dhawan, who was dropped from the Test team, is spending time with family in Melbourne following the T20 leg of the Australia tour, while Dhoni has played no cricket since the ODI series against West Indies ended on November 1. The former captain is a certainty only in the 50-over format after he was ignored for the T20s against West Indies and Australia. 

"We shouldn't ask Dhawan and Dhoni 'why you are not playing domestic cricket'? We should, in fact, ask BCCI and selectors why are they allowing players to skip domestic cricket when they are not on national duty?" said Gavaskar.  "If the Indian team has to do well, players have to be in prime form and for that they have to play cricket." 

Gavaskar wants the two players to compete in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, especially Dhoni, who is facing constant criticism for his waning batting form. "He (Dhoni) didn't play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn't play the West Indies Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against Australia," Gavaskar said.  "So, he last played in October and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. And if he doesn't do well on the tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in the World Cup side.

“As you grow older and there is a gap in your cricket, your reflexes will slow down. If you play any form of cricket at the domestic level, you get an opportunity to play long innings, which serves as a good practice for you,” Gavaskar said.

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