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Gavaskar says India have another brilliant all-rounder, not just Venkatesh Iyer, Chahar and Shardul

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar talks about his best all-rounder before the first match of the T20 series against the West Indies. Rishi Dhawan, a Himachal batsman who has returned to the national team, has been selected by Gavaskar as one of the all-rounders. Gavaskar considers Rishi to be a better player than Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur. His stellar performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy brought him back to the national limelight. Rishi became the second highest scorer in the tournament with 458 runs, just behind Rituraj Gaekwad. He also took 17 wickets. Rishi Dhawan, who has grown into a top all-rounder, can secure a place in the national team if he stays consistent. Gavaskar recalled that Rishi had played for India five or six years ago. Now it’s time to dump her and move on. This is the time when India needs a pace bowling all-rounder. The role of the all-rounder was crucial as India excelled in 1983, 1985, 2011 and 2013. He added that having an all-rounder on the team would give the captain and the selection committee more freedom. The season is in brilliant form. Rishi is expected to get a chance in the series against the Windies. Ability to bat sixth or seventh. Rishi Dhawan has the ability to bowl with or without the opener. Gavaskar said he had no doubt that Rishi would prove his mettle if given the responsibility. Rishi first joined the team in 2016. But then he didn’t get much of a chance. If he gets a chance to play against the Windies and shines, he will also feature in the series against Sri Lanka. Rishi Dhawan bids for Rs 55 lakh in IPL auction at Punjab Kings Rishi Dhawan did not get the expected amount in the IPL.