Kolkata, Sep 30: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was given preference over veteran Gautam Gambhir in the second Test match against New Zealand in Kolkata, but the left-handed batter failed to capitalise his chance.
At a time when there is stiff competition for the opening slot, Dhawan departed for just 1 run after getting played-on by Matt Henry.
After being dropped for the first Test in Kanpur, Dhawan was under pressure to perform in the second match but failed to do so. (Photo Gallery)
His average in home Tests since his 187 on debut against Australia, hasn't been impressive. In 11 innings since his debut, the Delhi left-hander has aggregated only 207 runs with a highest of 45 not out.
Soon after his dismissal, Dhawan came under sharp criticism on social media. Some even questioned his position in the playing XI.
Here's how Twitterati criticised Dhawan
Gambhir selected in the team but not in the playing eleven for out of form Shikhar Dhawan?— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejjaa) September 30, 2016
Kohli seriously did a surgical strike on Gambhir!
I read 'Genius' on #Shikhar Dhawan's bat. Irony got a cardiac arrest.— Het (@hetanshdesai) September 30, 2016
Just to be in good books of MSD, Shikhar Dhawan got out early so that he can see #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory 1st day 1st show & tweet praises.— Vivek Sharma (@TheVivekSharma) September 30, 2016
Ok you just saw shikhar dhawan bat for the second last time for India. #INDvNZ— Himanshu Lalwani (@c_lalwani) September 30, 2016
Shikhar Dhawan has wasted another opportunity & Gautam Gambhir's chance of playing in team also wasted !! #INDvsNZ— Capt. Rohit Tanwar (@ScorpiRov) September 30, 2016
Shikhar Dhawan is a legend 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Abhishek (@ImAbhishek_) September 30, 2016
Shikhar Dhawan hasn't crossed 50 in India since that debut 100?— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) September 30, 2016
A bit unusual... Much better overseas.
"Aas dikha ke Pyaas Badhana" is exactly what BCCI did to Gautam Gambhir. Shikhar Dhawan 2nd Test— Tu Fast Mai Furious (@ShikariShambuu) September 30, 2016
Q: What does Shikhar Dhawan have in common with Michael Jackson?— kill Bill Pandey... (@iamnavamohan) September 30, 2016
A: They both wore gloves for no apparent reason.