Former India cricketer, Suresh Raina has lauded Shikhar Dhawan’s performance in the IPL 2020. Raina also told how Dhawan says that he is going to score runs before a game, and then actually performs well.
Shikhar Dhawan had a magnificent IPL 2020. He was the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament, behind KL Rahul. The left-hander scored 618 runs at an average of 44 with a strike rate of 144 and was instrumental in Delhi Capitals reaching their maiden IPL final.
Dhawan became the first player in the history of the IPL to record back-to-back hundreds. Against Chennai Super Kings he notched his maiden IPL ton scoring 101* in a close chase. Three days later, he scored 106* against Kings XI Punjab. Along with crossing the 5000 run mark in IPL, Dhawan also became only the second Indian batsman to record multiple hundreds in a single season- after Virat Kohli in 2016.
Dhawan was replaced by KL Rahul from the playing eleven in New Zealand in the T20I series earlier this year. The 34-year-old has made a comeback to the side and in Rohit Sharma’s absence, in all likelihood will open against Australia.
Shikhar says it, and he does it: Suresh Raina
In a recent episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Suresh Raina was invited as a guest along with his wife, Priyanka Raina. While talking to the host, Kapil Sharma, Raina said that Dhawan is a kind of a batsman who will say ‘see what I will do’ before going in to bat, and then he vindicates his words often by scoring runs.
The 33-year-old praised the opener for his brilliant returns with the bat in the IPL playing for Delhi Capitals. The CSK player observed that earlier Dhawan had a few scores in the nineties, but this time he has done a splendid job of going past the three-figure mark, not once but twice.
He concludes by saying that Dhawan is a decent man and both share a good bond. Both the left-handers have shared the dressing room for years and were part of the 2013 Champions Trophy-winning side.
Suresh Raina said, “Shikhar says it, and he does it. See what your pal does. He is ready. He is performing so well Scoring back-to-back hundreds is not easy. Earlier, he’s gotten out on 90, 97, 99, but this year scoring two centuries, I mean… he’s a good man.”
Suresh Raina announced his retirement on 15th August, hours after MS Dhoni announced his retirement. Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of the IPL which was staged in the UAE due to personal reasons.