Finally BCCI announced its 15 Men squad for CT-2017, and that confirms its participation in the major tournament which is to be played in England. Everyone seems to be either surprised or mocking the selection committee for selecting Dhawan over Gambhir. MSK Prasad, the chief of selection committee, already said that judging a player based on his IPL performance would be biased, as it’s a very glamorous league. Which leads to their clarity in thought, to the fact that Domestic Tournament would always remain the major parameter to get into the Indian Squad. Wherein we can see selectors still considering Dinesh Karthik for selections in case anyone gets injured. He had a great run in Deodhar, Ranji and Recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy for Tamil Nadu.
One the other hand Gambhir had a Fair domestic session which cannot assure him a seat in the India squad. But considering the fact that KL Rahul is injured and his emergence in the IPL lead to the debate that who is the right pick between Gambhir and Dhawan. And why Dhawan has been preferred over his Delhi team mate. Gambhir has been one of the most passionate and dedicated Indian Player who has represented India in all major tournaments. And had played a heroic role in winning India the T-20 and ODI world-cup respectively.
Whereas Dhawan has emerged as a solid opening batsman in 50 over format over the span of 4 years. He had a great champions trophy last time in 2013 where he has emerged as the player of the tournament. He had a decent outings in the other bilateral ODI series played in England, SA and NZ. Whereas he thrived after a poor form in Australia in 2015 to the World-cup and perform great in some crucial matches. He has showed his intent and has the ability to play in the swinging and seaming conditions of England. He is also backed with his past solid overseas performances.
Now getting into technical aspects of why Dhawan is master pick for this tournament can be justified with the fact that he plays with the straight bat a lot, in the IPL he is trying to get on the top of the ball and is moving his feet to negotiate the swing upfront. His batting style would be perfect match to the conditions the team would be encountering in England in the 50 over format.
Dhawan Over Gambhir
When we look at GG in recent times, he has changed his batting style. A two-eyed stance which helps him thrashing the bowlers all over the park in the IPL. He had a great success in domestic circuit as well. It has helped him getting into different position and play strokes across the park. And we can see a lot of cross batted shots and flicks came into play.
But, this stance also has a flaw which expose his off stump. In England with swing and seaming conditions on grassy pitches, he would be in dilemma to know where his off-stump is. Which can lead to his downfall. His style of play is perfect for flat pitches of sub-continent. But it would be a big question mark in overseas conditions. The only success he had was in NZ back in 2008.
Dhawan with his proven records seems to be a better option than gambhir. He could be an x-factor like he was in the previously held Champions trophy in England.