Indian limited-overs specialist opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan engaged in a Q&A session with the fans via Twitter. Amongst a host of questions posed to him, one of the fans asked him the best memory with former Indian captain MS Dhoni. In response, Shikhar Dhawan mentioned the 2013 Champions Trophy in England was when his best memory with MS Dhoni transpired.
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The 2013 Champions Trophy was indeed a stellar tournament for Shikhar Dhawan and India. India ran in undefeated throughout the tournament, beating the hosts England in a thrilling rain-affected encounter at the Edgbaston in Birmingham to lift the Champions Trophy. That day MS Dhoni also became the only captain to win all three ICC trophies.
When speaking of Shikhar Dhawan, the southpaw scored 363 runs in five matches at a jaw-dropping average of 90.75. The tournament also saw him score two centuries and was the highest run-getter in the competition by a country mile. England’s number three batsman Jonathan Trott was the next best with 229 runs.
MS Dhoni backed me a lot: Shikhar Dhawan
The Delhi batsman, who made his Test and ODI debut under MS Dhoni stated that he has great memories with the keeper-batsman, especially during the 2013 Champions Trophy, which was his comeback series.
Dhawan added that despite not performing well in the practice matches, Dhoni backed him relentlessly. Dhawan recalled that they won that tournament being unbeaten from the warm-up games; hence, that moment was exquisite.
“I have great memories with Dhoni bhai, specially 2013 Champions Trophy, which was my comeback series so he backed me a lot. I had not done well in my warm-up matches as well despite which he backed me. We did great as a team, did not lose a single match, started winning the warm-up fixtures, won the Champions Trophy. Those were the happiest moments on and off the field as they enjoyed a lot together,” the 34-year old stated.
Q: @SDhawan25 sir your favourite memories with @msdhoni sir??? #AskShikhar
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 28, 2020