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Picture Credit: Twitter

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra made a bold prediction of Shikhar Dhawan's career after his ICC ODI World Cup 2023 snub. Chopra said that now that Dhawan has been dropped from the WC squad, his career might have ended, and it will be very difficult for him to make return to the Indian team. Not only this, but Chopra also highlighted that Dhawan is not in any selector's scheme of things across formats. 

Notably, the veteran opener was dropped from the 15-member squad announced by the BCCI for the marquee ICC event. The 45-year-old, on his YouTube channel, highlighted that Dhawan doesn't play the T20I format and said that his career might just have come to an end.

Chopra said, “If we look towards Shikhar Dhawan’s ODI career, he doesn’t play T20Is in any case, where does he stand and is it actually almost over because the next World Cup is very far away – 2027?” 

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The cricketer-turned-commentator added, “I am not writing an obituary, that he is done and won’t play again, but it is slightly difficult for sure because if the next World Cup is in 2027 and he is not picked in T20Is, it will become very difficult to play for India. Even if that happens, I would say Shikhar Dhawan should be extremely proud of what he has done." 

The 37-year-old, who was an integral part of the Indian squad for more than a decade, played his last match in India colours in December 2022. Following that, Dhawan was dropped from the squad due to his poor performances as he scored 688 runs in 22 innings, averaging 34.40 and a strike rate of 74.22 in 2022.