MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan
MS Dhoni (L) and Shikhar Dhawan (AFP Photo)

Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni are currently enjoying a break from international cricket with Indian team currently fine-tuning their preparations for the first Test against Australia starting from Thursday at the Adelaide Oval.

Dhawan was part of India’s T20I squad in Australia and is currently in Melbourne after not finding a place in the Test squad. On the other hand, Dhoni was dropped from the T20I squad for a home series against West Indies and Australia as well the first time he was left out in his 14-year career.

Both, however, are expected to link up with the ODI squad that will take on Australia in a three-ODI series in January next year. With India’s domestic season in full swing, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has questioned BCCI over it’s attitude towards not asking the duo to play domestic cricket when not on national duty.

“We shouldn’t ask Dhawan and Dhoni ‘why you are not playing domestic cricket’,” Gavaskar told India Today. “We should in fact ask the BCCI and selectors that why are they allowing players to skip domestic cricket when they are not on national duty. If the Indian team has to do well, players have to be in prime form and for that they have to play cricket.”

Citing the ‘huge gap’, Gavaskar said should an out of practice Dhoni fail during the Australia ODI series, questions will be raised whether he would be selected for India’s World Cup squad slated to be hosted by England next year.

“He [Dhoni] didn’t play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn’t play the West Indies Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against Australia. So, he last played in October and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. But if he doesn’t do well on tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in the World Cup.

“As you grow older and if there is a gap in your [competitive] cricket, your reflexes will slow down. If you play any form of cricket at the domestic level, you get an opportunity to play long innings, which serves as a good practice for you.”