Shikar Dhawan made it into the ODI squad instead of his ROI opening
partner, Abhinav Mukund.
I watched a bit of the Irani Trophy game -- they showed a 2 hours
highlights package on Neo, and I caught it in the hotel after I landed
in Mumbai on D1. From what I saw, Mukund looked the better bat than
Shikar Dhawan. Furthermore, Mukund substantially outscored Dhawan in
that game, 161 & 63 versus 83 and 13. Also, a glance at their records
show that Mukund has a 10-run better average on the first class scene
as well -- 56 in 29 matches vs. Dhawan's 46 in 52 matches. The same
story in List A, Mukund's 58 avg versus Dhawan's 46 average with
almost identical 85 strike rates.
The only thing *against* Mukund is his age -- he is only 20 to
Dhawan's 24, and maybe the powers that be think the lad needs more
seasoning. (But this would be the first time when youth played
Anyone who has seen these two bat -- in IPL or First Class -- care to
comment on why Dhawan is more preferred?