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World Cup 2015: Vijay in place of Dhawan, the wishful thinking of fans

There haven't been many on-pitch opportunities for Shikhar Dhawan to twirl his impressive moustache Down Under since November 2014. His painful showing in the Test series against Australia has continued in the ODI Tri-Series.

WorldCup2015 Updated: Jan 26, 2015 18:59 IST
Ipsit Mohapatra

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There haven't been many on-pitch opportunities for Shikhar Dhawan to twirl his impressive moustache Down Under since November 2014. His painful showing in the Test series against Australia has continued in the ODI Tri-Series.

Scores of 2, 1 and 8 in the three ODIs so far, during which India's opener has faced a total of 22 balls, point to starting trouble of the kind that rusty spark plugs throw up.

Worse still, it's the dismissal-on-a-loop mode that is worrying.

The World Cup begins on Valentine's Day and Indian fans are becoming increasingly vocal that the love is lost with Dhawan. Trying to provide evidence with Twitter and Facebook comments on the subject would be stating the obvious and, at times, fraught with danger because some of the observations are nasty.

The fans mean well. They want him to come good - flashing his bat and thrashing the cover off the ball - but there isn't time. There is little personal against Dhawan, but most comments are vicious because India do not look remotely like the defending world champions with less than three weeks to go for the event.

It is not known if the team is worried. The team will rightly talk him up and back him, but the chatter in fandom is how wonderful it would have been to have Murali Vijay in the team at the top.

Vijay and Yuvraj Singh not making the Indian squad have been among the talking points. Yuvraj is a champion who hasn't had a great run of late, but Vijay has been in good form and importantly he is a like-for-like vis-a-vis Dhawan. The Tamil Nadu opener amassed 482 runs in the four Tests against Australia before the Tri-Series.

Dismiss this as wishful thinking on the part of fans. A replacement at this stage is not possible in the normal course of events, according to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The operative word is normal, which means a replacement is possible in if the situation is not normal.

So, how can a replacement be made?

This is possible in the event of an injury or illness.

Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 comprises Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, Chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC General Manager - Commercial), John Harnden (Chief Executive, CWC 2015 LOC), Gavin Larsen (Cricket Operations Manager, New Zealand), Russel Arnold and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nominees).