First fix your own country first: Shikhar Dhawan lashes at Pakistan cricketers

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 41 off 42 deliveries in the T20I series opener against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

Despite emerging as the top-scorer from the Indian camp, the left-handed batsman didn’t seem in the best of form as he played a laboured innings.

Since returning to the international circuit, Dhawan has so far featured in six T20Is and has accumulated 144 runs, while batting at an average of 24. He has a strike rate of 124.02 in the shortest format of the game.

His patchy form has raised several eyebrows and former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar during an exclusive interview with Sports Tak was critical of the batsman’s approach and felt that he needs to put up a better show, in order to remain safe from the selection committee’s radar.

“Questions will be raised on Shikhar Dhawan if he doesn’t bat well in the next 2 matches. The team is not going to benefit if you’re scoring 40-45 runs from the same number of balls. He will have to think about this. When players come back after the gap, it does take a lot of time to get back the rhythm,” Gavaskar said.

Earlier, Dhawan scored a spectacular 117 off 109 deliveries but was soon ruled out of the World Cup following a thumb injury that he sustained in the encounter.

After being out of action for a significant period, the Indian opener reclaimed his place in the Indian squad for the limited-overs series against West Indies, held earlier this year.

Dhawan has looked a pale shadow of his former self after making a return in coloured clothing for the national side.

After going down against Bangladesh in the first T20I, India are now trailing 1-0 in the three-match series. The second T20I will be played on Thursday in Rajkot and the Men In Blue led by Rohit Sharma would look to bounce back in the series.