Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals opener, once again rolled back the years during his record-breaking hundred in the Dream11 IPL against Kings XI Punjab courtesy of his breathtaking strokeplay and the absolute ease with which he was hitting the ball.
On a day, where Shikhar Dhawan made his ODI debut a decade ago, the southpaw scored a 58-ball 100 against KXIP but it eventually didn’t prove to be enough thanks to the lack of support by his fellow batsmen. Dhawan scored 64.6 percent of his teams’ runs, with the second-highest score being 14 by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
The southpaw, who was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’, rued the lack of support before he went on to liken his approach to the one he had adopted during his maiden Test hundred- 187 vs Australia in Mohali, 2013.
”Today, it happened that way (that no one could stick around with me). I took the responsibility of holding one end up and was also hitting the boundaries when I got the chance. On my Test debut, I remember I was scoring this frequently. I took proper rest and was fresh for this match,” Shikhar Dhawan said in the post-match presentation.
‘We gonna have a discussion and see where we can improve’- Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan, during his brilliant unbeaten knock, became the 5th batsman to scale Mount.5000 in IPL cricket and the first batsman ever to score back-to-back hundreds in the lucrative league. He was, however, unaware of the milestone, when asked if he knew about the feat.
Dhawan’s performance aside, it was a disappointing outing for the Delhi Capitals. The opener reckoned that team will have a discussion on the areas where they can improve before asserting that they will come back stronger.
”I didn’t know.We gonna have a discussion and see where we can improve. We have been playing very good quite consistently. This is not going to put us down. We would try to come back stronger,” he added.