Dhawan should have come in earlier at the Gabba, says Anil Kumble

"It probably was a reflection of Dhawan's state of mind"

“It probably was a reflection of Dhawan’s state of mind”

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Legendary India spinner Anil Kumble believes that opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan should have come in earlier during the national team’s second innings against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Despite being hit on the wrist while batting on a practice pitch at the beginning of day four, Dhawan came in when India were struggling at 117/6 and went on to make a brilliant 81.

“It probably was a reflection of Dhawan’s state of mind,” Kumble wrote in his column for a national newspaper. “He would have been aware that his place in the XI was in question after three failures and one more poor score would have done him in.

“This is where the team management should have stepped in and made the decision to send him in after the first one or two wickets.

“The situation, where the Indians were effectively around 0/1 when the fourth day’s play began, was crying to be seized but Dhawan let the opportunity go by choosing to stay back in the dressing room.”

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