Indian National Cricket team opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was struggling with the bat, has finally stormed back to form during the fourth ODI against Australia at the Β Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Meanwhile, the southpaw has answered all the critic who was questioning his place in the playing XI.Β 

Dhawan returns to form

Dhawan – who didn’t register a single half-century in his last ten innings was feeling the heat. However, he came back in great fashion when the men in blues are in its last leg of preparation ahead of the ICC World Cup. The home side was in a bit of pressure after losing the last match at Ranchi. However, the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a solid start after Virat Kohli opted to bat first.Β The men in blues did not have a lot of this recently, but India have made a decent start to this game.

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There was not much on offer for the bowlers, true, but Dhawan and Rohit looked keen on cashing in. Dhawan, especially, was in really good form, while Rohit was very circumspect. Just when everyone was starting to cast doubts over Dhawan’s form, the left-hander storms back to form. He brought his half-century in just 44 deliveries dominating the Australian bowlers. Shikhar Dhawan made the Aussie bowlers look like average hitting them for boundaries at will. Rohit Sharma was not lagging behind as he brought his fifty as well.

In the process, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have surpassed the record of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. The current Indian openers have thus far combined to amass 4389 runs. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had scored 4387 runs while opening the innings for the India National Cricket Team.

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Dhawan brings his 16th ODI hundred

The southpaw continued the onslaught to bring his 16th ODI century to issue a warning to the bowlers ahead of the showpiece event in England. Although Rohit Sharma departed, Shikhar Dhawan continued his hit the ball brutally. However, the southpaw finally departed after a well made 143 runs from 115 deliveries including 18 boundaries and three sixes.

The openers now have set a perfect platform for the middle-order batters to launch an attack. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul looked in great touch as India aim to post a massive target on the board.

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