ICC World Twenty20: India drop Shikhar Dhawan after repeated failures

first_imgIndia dropped Shikhar Dhawan from the playing XI for the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final clash against West Indies on Thursday. (Live Scorecard)Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who lost the toss at the Wankhede Stadium, made two changes to the squad after axing Dhawan. Ajinkya Rahane, who was with the team since the start of the tournament, replaced the out-of-form opener. (India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 semi-final: LIVE UPDATES) Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey replaced all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who was ruled out of the tournament after he suffered an ankle injury during the league game against Australia.Dhoni’s decision to axe Dhawan for the big clash came as a surprise as the Indian skipper had backed him even after a string of poor performances.Dhawan had scored only 43 runs from four outings in the tournament with his top score of 23 coming against Bangladesh. Dhawan had trouble facing up to against genuine pace in this tournament.Dhawan, who had hit a half-century in the home series against Sri Lanka, lost his touch in the Asia Cup T20 tournament. Dhawan could only manage 19 runs in the tournament before slamming a match-winning 60 against Bangladesh in the final.last_img

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