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2nd Test: Sunil Gavaskar questions Virat Kohli's selection, calls Shikhar Dhawan 'scapegoat'

The visitors have made three changes to their playing XI for Centurion Test, KL Rahul has replaced Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel has been included in place of injured Saha.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 13, 2018 17:33 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Shikhar Dhawan

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday questioned India's team selection for the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. Gavaskar also feels opener Shikhar Dhawan's "head is always on the chopping board". The visitors made three changes to their playing XI, with KL Rahul replacing Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose three-wicket burst on the first morning of the opening Test rocked the home side.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel was included is his place. In the Cape Town Test, Saha surpassed former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record of most dismissals in Test innings.The 33-year old was involved in 10 dismissals during the opening match. Earlier, Dhoni claimed nine dismissals in a Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 2014. 

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 innings 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 were 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 between India and South Africa in Cape Town.


(With PTI Inputs)

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