new Delhi: As difficult as it is considered to be selected in the Indian cricket team, it is many times more difficult to maintain itself in Team India, because there are many players outside the team who give strong competition on the basis of their best performance. There are 3 players of India, whose Test career is almost over and the doors of the Indian Test team are also seen closed for them. Let’s take a look at these 3 players:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
35-year-old Shikhar Dhawan was considered the big match winner of Team India, but now Rohit Sharma has become the biggest obstacle in Shikhar Dhawan’s Test career. Rohit Sharma ended the Test career of his own best friend Shikhar Dhawan. The selectors are not giving Shikhar Dhawan a chance in the Test team for a long time. It is difficult to remove Rohit Sharma from the opening position after becoming the Test captain. With Rohit Sharma, now either KL Rahul gets a chance as an opener in the Test team or Mayank Agarwal gets a chance. The doors of the Test team are now closed for Shikhar Dhawan. Everyone has turned their back on Shikhar Dhawan. Talking about Test cricket, Dhawan last played red ball cricket for India in the year 2018. If we look at the statistics of Shikhar Dhawan, he is seen as the top player in all formats of cricket. In Test cricket too, Shikhar has scored more than 2300 runs in 34 matches at an average of 41, in which he has scored 7 centuries, but it seems that the selectors have not assessed Dhawan correctly. Dhawan has scored 2315 runs in 34 Test matches, 6284 runs in 149 ODIs and 1759 runs in 68 T20 matches for Team India.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
When Bhuvneshwar Kumar started his career in the year 2012, swing was his strength and it is his strength even today, but recently his performance has been very poor. Bhuvneshwar has also proved his swing bowling in Test cricket, but unfortunately Bhuvi has been in and out of the team several times due to injuries. Due to an injury in 2018, Bhuvi kept away from longer formats like Test cricket and since then he has not got a chance to play in a single Test. It is now clear that Test cricket is over for Bhuvi. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has played all three formats for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken 63 wickets in 21 test matches, 141 wickets in 121 ODIs and 55 wickets in 57 T20 matches, he is running out of Team India’s Test team for the last three years. At the same time, Kumar was criticized for his poor bowling in the T20 World Cup 2021. After the Test matches, now it seems certain to cut his card from the ODI and T20 team as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has lost pace now, he had accuracy in the beginning, where he was swinging the ball and taking wickets, but now coming and bowling, but maybe he has lost that accuracy.
3. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya has played 11 matches in Test cricket so far, in which he has scored 532 runs at an average of 31 and has also taken 17 wickets at an economy of 3.38. Hardik Pandya’s selectors were discharged from Team India due to not bowling for a long time and due to poor performance in the T20 World Cup. Seeing all this, it seems that Pandya’s ODI and Test career is also on the verge of ending. Some people believe that Pandya is suffering from a back injury, due to which he will not be able to bowl in Test cricket. Pandya is not a part of Test cricket after 2018.