Ajay Jadeja says Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t fit Rohit Sharma’s aggressive cricket style: Definitely not part of it

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Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has claimed that Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t fit into Rohit Sharma’s aggressive brand of cricket he wants the Indian team to play.

Dhawan scored a valuable knock of 97 against West Indies in first ODI (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jadeja has claimed that he is totally confused by the treatment of Dhawan
  • Jadeja feels that the southpaw doesn’t fit into the aggressive style of cricket Rohit Sharma wants to play
  • Dhawan hit a fine knock of 97 in the first ODI against West Indies

Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has claimed that Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t fit India captain Rohit Sharma’s aggressive style of cricket that he wants the team to play.

Sharma has made it clear recently that he wants the Indian team to play with more aggression and would be looking to use the T20I template in ODIs.

Jadeja has now questioned the direction in which things are heading and said that he is totally confused about the treatment of Dhawan, who seemed to be out of the national team picture a few months ago.

The former cricketer, while speaking on Fan Code, said he is totally confused by the decision to have the southpaw for the West Indies tour, saying that six months ago he was dropped.

“Regarding Shikhar Dhawan, I am totally confused. What is he doing here? 6 months back he was dropped,” said Jadeja.

Jadeja further went on to state that the current development in Dhawan’s case looks even more confusing in the context of Sharma’s recent comments where he wants the team to play with a positive mindset. The former cricketer feels that the southpaw doesn’t fit into that style of cricket the Indian captain is trying to instill in the rest of the squad.

“India moved on to KL Rahul and some of the younger players. Then suddenly he (Dhawan) was made the captain of the Sri Lanka tour last year. Then again he was left out, then was taken to England. So what are they thinking? And if he is part of India’s thought process, then captain Rohit Sharma said that we will play an aggressive brand of cricket. He is definitely not part of it,” said Jadeja.

Dhawan narrowly missed out on a well-deserved hundred during the first ODI against West Indies. The opener hit 97 off 99 deliveries as India beat the hosts by three runs.

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