Injured Shikhar Dhawan's decision not to resume his innings on Day Four contributed to the team's capitulation to Australia in the second Test at Brisbane
Brisbane: "Unrest" hit the Indian dressing room on Saturday morning when opener Shikhar Dhawan decided not to resume his innings at the start of play which may have contributed to the team's capitulation to Australia in the second cricket Test here on Day Four.
Virat Kohli is bowled by Australia's Mitchell Johnson on Day Four of the second Test at Brisbane on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Overnight unbeaten on 26, the left-hander was expected to resume his innings along with Cheteshwar Pujara, but at the last minute decided not to do so because of a blow he had received in the nets before play started.
Dhawan couldn't bat upfront
He came to bat when six wickets were down and did not appear to be in any discomfort before eventually top-scoring with 81. "We thought Shikhar got a blow but he was good enough to bat but he was not. As you saw, he went into bat late.
But with that kind of a scenario, there is a bit of unrest in the dressing room and the calmness of the dressing room goes for a toss. It was a bit late to verbally resolve the problem,"
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told media persons after the four-wicket loss. Dhoni said Virat Kohli got less than 10 minutes to prepare himself before going out there in the middle in place of Dhawan.
"It was quite late and we could only give maybe 5-10 minutes' notice to Virat that he would go in to bat. That's one area which we could have handled a bit better but it's something that we will have to take it in our stride. He (Shikhar) was a bit uncomfortable but he didn't react and say that he can't bat."