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Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma's Overseas History Is Not Very Good: Sourav Ganguly

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| January 10 , 2018 , 19:19 IST

The former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is one of the many Indians who was left disappointed with the shameful defeat that men in blue faced in the opening test against South Africa in Cape Town. The renowned player agrees with those who are questioning the selection of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

The two batsmen, however great be on the home ground, their overseas performance has always remained questionable. Their inclusion over Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul, who are known for their outstanding performance in the test format shocked Ganguly along with many cricket lovers.

While skipper Kohli defended their selection by citing their current form but Dhawan and Rohit have both failed to prove him right in both the innings of the first test as India lost by 72 runs. Talking to India Today on Tuesday, Ganguly expressed that the decision has added extra pressure on Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli.

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"History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good. You look at their records, it's like chalk and cheese when they go away and when they are in India. So you are basically depending on Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli as the two best performers in overseas conditions," Sourav said.

Praising Pujara's test career, Dada conveyed, "Look at Cheteshwar Pujara. His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in sub-continent conditions. I keep saying about KL Rahul because he has scored runs in Australia, he has scored runs in West Indies and Sri Lanka. It's not just about form, it's also about where people score runs."

While the entire nation was surprised with the unexpected result, Ganguly seems to have anticipated it beforehand. Expressing his views, he said, "Let's not panic too much. I was not surprised by the result. I have tremendous regard for Virat Kohli and we will see an improved performance in the next game."

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He further conveyed that the Team's management wouldn't change the squad altogether for their own good. Ganguly believes that Team India needs to work more on their batting order. He said, "I don't think Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will change the team straight away. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back."

"It could be Ajinkya Rahane in the middle in place of Rohit Sharma and there's a possibility of KL Rahul coming at top of the order. India will have to bottle down and fight hard in the batting. The wicket in Centurion will be quick as well. It will have a lot more bounce than Cape Town. It may not seam as much as Cape Town but it will be lot quicker," added Ganguly.

The 45-year-old also notified the changes he expects in the team for the second Test match to be played on January 13 in Centurion, "I would actually play five bowlers and play KL Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. I would give Rohit Sharma one more opportunity."

"I wouldn't tinker with the bowling line-up. All the batters have not scored runs. There's not been a single fifty from the order. You got to put this behind and try and come back stronger in the next Test. Preparation is important and India have lost a bit there and faced not much of criticism. So India will have to fight their way into the next match," Ganguly concluded.