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Gavaskar questions India's team selection for 2nd Test

Press Trust of India, Centurion, Jan 13 2018, 18:06 IST
Gavaskar questioned the team selection for the second India vs South Africa Test, pointing that Dhawan's head was always on the chopping block. DH file photo.

Gavaskar questioned the team selection for the second India vs South Africa Test, pointing that Dhawan's head was always on the chopping block. DH file photo.

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar today questioned India's team selection for the second cricket Test against South Africa, saying opener Shikhar Dhawan's "head is always on the chopping board".

India made three changes to their playing XI, with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose three-wicket burst on the first morning of the opening Test rocked the hosts.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel was included in his place.

Gavaskar said: "I think Shikhar Dhawan is the 'Bali ka Bakra' (scapegoat). His head is always on the chopping board. He just needs one bad inning and he is out of the team. I also don't understand why Ishant came in for Bhuvneshwar when he had taken three wickets on an opening day at Cape Town. Ishant could have replaced Shami or Bumrah but leaving him out, I don't understand."

India was thrashed by 72 runs in the first Test against South Africa at Cape Town.

Virat Kohli's men had folded for 135 in their second innings while chasing 208 to win the Test.

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