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Why aren't Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket? Asks Gavaskar

Gavaskar wants the two players to compete in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, especially Dhoni, who is facing constant criticism for his waning batting form

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Former has questioned the for allowing the likes of and Mahendra Singh to skip domestic ahead of a hectic six months culminating into in England.

Dhawan, who was dropped from the Test team, is spending time with family in following the T20 leg of the while has had no since the ODI series against the West ended on November 1.

The former is a certainty only in the 50-over format after he was ignored for the T20s against the West and He retired from Tests in 2014.

"We shouldn't ask Dhawan and 'Why you are not playing domestic '. We should, in fact, ask the and selectors why are they allowing players to skip domestic cricket when they are not on national duty," Gavaskar told 'Today'.

"If the Indian team has to do well, players have to be in prime form and for that they have to play cricket," he added.

Gavaskar wants the two players to compete in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, especially Dhoni, who is facing constant criticism for his waning batting form.

"He (Dhoni) didn't play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn't play the West Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against

"So, he last played in October (November 1) and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. But if he doesn't do well on tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in

"As you grow older and if there is a gap in your cricket, your reflexes will slow down. If you play any form of cricket at the domestic level, you get an opportunity to play long innings, which serves as a good practice for you," Gavaskar added.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 14:10 IST